If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably already seen it: “The Tube Girl” trend, in which 22-year-old Sabrina Bahsoun travels while dancing on the subway. Why is this trend so popular with so many young people? “By surrounding yourself with confident people, you also boost your self-confidence,” explains psychologist Gudrun Hespel.
As the quote says: Dance like no one is watching. This is exactly what Sabrina Bahsoun does in Tube Girl. What started as an innocent dancing video on the London Underground has evolved into a viral video with over 11 million likes.
Sabrina moves a lot because she lives far away from her family and friends. “On my way home after a night out, I turn myself off with music. Since people see that I’m wearing headphones, they’re less likely to approach me. That way I feel safer on public transport.”
When Sabrina had an idea for a TikTok video, she asked a passenger to help her film it. “But he simply said no,” Tikstokster said. The young woman did it herself, and it turned out to be a bull’s-eye.
The “tube girl” effect.
In the 11-second clip, Sabrina dances to David Guetta’s “Where Them Girls At.” In less than two and a half months, the hashtag #tubegirl on TikTok has been viewed more than 850 million times. Dancer Sabrina has become a great example for many other women. Countless fans are embracing this trend as a way to boost their confidence in the audience. Enter: the “Tube Girl” effect.
Jenny was also affected by this phenomenon. Every day, the Tiktok star shares videos in which she loses her legs on the subway.
Thousands of other “youth” are joining the bandwagon. What others think of you seems outdated. Self confidence It’s the new hype.
Is the ‘tube girl’ trend about not feeling shy?
But is this mentality easy to apply? According to psychologist Gudrun Hespel, getting rid of shyness is a big obstacle for many people. “We are taught from an early age to act small and humble, so it is automatic to find striking personalities crazy,” says Gudrun.
Should everyone now embrace the “tube girl” trend to gain more self-confidence? “Not at all, by surrounding yourself with confident people, you also boost your self-confidence. That’s how I came out of my shell. Thanks to my best friend, who’s not ashamed, I’ve given up a lot.”
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