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Gossip Girl Star Penn Badgley’s New Show ‘You’ Will Make You Rethink Social Media Entirely

Social media is something many of us don’t even think about, it had made its way into our lives through many avenues: every smartphone device or laptop, and a variety of platforms from Snapchat to Instagram to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Getting to know someone before dating them, sometimes before even meeting them, is so easy now that you can effortlessly look up someone’s name and find out so much about them. So with that being said, do you think social media stalking is something people should be worried about?

 

The new Lifetime show, You, based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, starring Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley and Once Upon a Time star Elizabeth Lail. The story is slightly creepy because it’s scary to believe that it can happen to anyone in the new age of technology.

 

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You follows Penn Bagdley’s character Joe’s infatuation with a young aspiring writer Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail. Joe becomes consumed with learning everything about Beck in order to eventually becomes her boyfriend. This story seems to be a cautionary modern tale for present day dating in our culture. Many of us may use social media to get to know our crushes likes and dislikes but there is always the worry that people might be oversharing their interest and locations. Sure, you might happen to see that your crush has checked in at a certain location, but arranging to go there at the perfect time to see them is…a bit eerie.

 

The show brings up some uneasy questions about how far someone is capable of going in order to get the person they desire, and how acceptable it is to use social media to do so. Badgley admits feeling conflicted with his role in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

 

My initial reaction [to the part] was ‘really interested but highly conflicted.’ I knew I would be conflicted about the role from day one through the last day — and that’s why they thought I would be good for it, because I’m not psyched to play somebody of this nature.” 

 

 

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The show premieres tonight at 10pm on Lifetime and I’m pretty sure that this show will be on everyone’s Fall must-watch list!  

 

 

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