Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of The Great Gatsby, threw lavish parties in an attempt to gain attention from his longtime love interest, Daisy Buchanan. Although this story is outdated, having taken place during the 1920s, countless millennials are guilty of the same act; showing off in order to be noticed by a crush. However, now, with access to Instagram and Snapchat, it is easier to do this more subtly.
Ultimately, the term “Gatsbying” is used to describe millennial dating in the age of technology. It refers to the use of social media to gain attention from a potential love interest.
For instance, let me ask you this, have you ever posted an Instagram simply to give off the impression that you’re having fun? Shortly after, do you check to see if your crush has viewed your post? This proves that you’ve been channeling your inner Jay Gatsby!
Written by Cassidy Zuber