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Social Media Has Turned Everyone Into Body Language Experts

As I scroll through TikTok during my ‘getting ready for bed’ routine, I come across a short video of actor Lukas Gage and his boyfriend Chris Appleton on the red carpet at a Vanity Fair event.

Chris has his arm wrapped around Lukas’ waist and they’re posing for pictures – pretty standard content. In my opinion they make a good-looking couple and I think no more of it, but as I click on the comments of this video, some responses suggest a slightly more sinister analysis.

“They’re literally not compatible at all and the other dude looks hella aggressive giving everyone death stares and bored eye rolls when he’s with him,” one TikTok commenter shared.

“I’m an empath and I’m not getting couple from them,” another commented, with over 6,500 likes in agreement. The video is no more than 12 seconds long. 

Then in another short video I came across, singers Latto and Chloe Bailey are interacting at a Billboard Women in Music event, on a red carpet. 

They embrace, Chloe compliments Latto, “I love you, you look so beautiful!” and then Latto is left speaking with a reporter. Most people would be safe to come to the conclusion that they’re friends and that they get along really well, especially as they have a few songs together.

However, one TikTok commenter said, “Chloe made sure not to be in that shot too long. She don’t want to be associated,” and over 300 people agreed.

Lastly, in a six second video I found of Meagan Good simply walking into an event there are countless comments suggesting that her “energy is off” and applying strange assumptions and assessments.