5. Social media as a weapon
In the series, social media becomes the weapon of choice. For example, Hannah kisses a classmate Courtney, a moment, which was, unbeknownst to them, caught in a photograph. After the photo is posted on social media and circulated through the school, they both feel so exposed that Courtney shuts Hannah out as a means of protecting herself. In my teen therapy practice, I see a lot of teens similarly trying to grapple with the reality of social media, which sometimes feels more real than our day-to-day relationships. It hits so deeply, in particular, because teens can revisit the photo, message or thread. Social media doesn’t sleep or rest–it is relentless.