What is an egirl on social media?

An extremely online teen girl

An egirl is an extremely online female teen who regularly posts to TikTok or Instagram while wearing grunge- or emo-style clothing, anime-esque hair and accessories, and painted nails. The term egirl is short for "electronic girl" (and not "emo girl," as egirls' dress and behavior might lead you to believe), describing egirls' obsession with posting selfies and existential thoughts to social media.

Egirls and eboys began appearing on social media in the late 2010s. Drawing influence from emo, anime, goth, K-pop, and grunge culture, these Gen Zers began dressing and posting to social media in a style all their own, often identifying themselves as #egirls and #eboys.

Notably, egirls are part of the first generation born during the smartphone era. Because of this, egirls are extremely Internet- and social media-saavy. So, if you (for some likely wrongheaded reason) feel the need to mock an egirl's style or musings, don't be surprised when they flex on you.


Cheek stickers, pink blush, black t-shirt. Yup, total egirl
A sampling of Instagram's egirls
A sampling of Instagram's egirls

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Updated October 21, 2020

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