"Tbh," the acronym that stands for "to be honest," has taken on a different meaning since it was first adopted by teens.
A tbh is almost like an Instagram currency - you can trade a tbh for a like on one of your photos.
"[You] post a picture saying something like 'like for a tbh or comment for a tbh,'" Sammy says. After they get their like, comment, or follow, the teen will then go to give a tbh on a user's last post or direct message them on the app, she explains.
There are myriad reasons why a teen might do this: They're bored, hoping to connect with a crush, to get a confidence boost, or simply to accrue more likes and followers.
A tbh is also a way to talk to someone you normally wouldn't talk to, Sammy explains to TI. Those people are usually friends of friends, or people teens may not have necessarily met in person, but are separated by only one or two degrees of friendship.