Matilda Boseley: Chore charms, TikTok & moral panic in the media

Episode 166
1h 7m | Dec 4, 2023

Episode 166 with Matilda Boseley.

“I missed it, my teachers missed it, my parents missed it, my therapist missed it, my doctors missed it, but TikTok figured it out in a couple of weeks.”

Matilda is an award-winning social media reporter and presenter for Guardian Australia. Based in Melbourne, she has spearheaded the publication’s popular TikTok channel where she writes and hosts their short-form news explainers. 

She regularly reports on issues affecting young people, women and mental health, and her first book, The Year I Met My Brain, documents her experiences and discoveries after being diagnosed with ADHD at 23 and investigates the hidden prevalence and costs of ADHD among adults.

We talk about how TikTok diagnosed her with ADHD, her viral video of her chore charms, and what made her decide to write a book about her diagnosis journey. We also talk about some of the media backlash against the recent rise in ADHD diagnoses, as well as about a thousand other rapid-fire topics because that’s what we do on this podcast.

Matilda explains her theory on “land brains” vs “ocean brains” and I basically had zero chill and just gush the whole time because I’m such a huge fan of Matilda’s work!


Tiktok: @mattieunofficial ; @guardianaustralia

Instagram: @mattieunofficial

Twitter: @MatildaBoseley


The Year I Met My Brain by Matilda Boseley

Click here to watch Matilda’s viral chore charm video

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