You probably have a meme addiction if at least three of the following are true: 1. You have a whole folder on your phone dedicated to screenshots of memes
. 2. The last thing you do at night is scroll through memes
. 3. There are at least three photo editing apps on your phone right now
. 4. The greatest thing about the world today is how much easier it is to make and send GIFs
. 5. You use meme language IRL. 6. Emotions don’t exist for you anymore
. 7. Your search history contains the word ‘meme’ about 99% of the time. 8. Your Facebook notifications have become almost exclusively meme-based. 9. But Facebook is NEVER the original source
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Memes. Memes are the best thing in the world. How did we survive without picture formats to help us anonymously confess to weird things online? What exactly did we do before GIFs flooded the online world, giving us insight into how often cats fall over? Did political commentary really exist without footage of world leaders being placed in new contexts for entertainment?

OK, maybe we’re slightly biased, but we know that a whole host of you are also on our wavelength. If you’re as addicted to memes as we are then, firstly, PREACH. Secondly, the following scenarios might be familiar.

 

Been there, hun.

 

    • You have a whole folder on your phone dedicated to screenshots of memes

      Maybe split out into Imgur, reddit and Miscellaneous. These folders are your happy place. You may also be guilty of making your friends scroll through your curated galleries, just so you can feel smug about how funny you are (by proxy). Praise be to the meme dump. Without it, our phones would have more memory, sure – but at what cost?

 

    • The last thing you do at night is scroll through memes

      All those people who listen to birds tweeting or audio books or football podcasts to fall asleep are missing out on a trick. There is nothing more soothing than the gentle touch of a meme late at night. The only thing that comes close is maybe watching Bob Ross. Oh no wait, he’s also a meme.

 

    • There are at least three photo editing apps on your phone right now

      Not only do you need the one with all the filters and stuff, you ALSO need the one that allows for the traditional text overlay. One that can edit film clips and make them into GIFs. And one that makes videos look amazing. Y’know – just because your friends rely on you to memify their lives.

 

    • The greatest thing about the world today is how much easier it is to make and send GIFs

      Who needs Photoshop anymore, eh? Sucks to be you, Adobe. Thank you WhatsApp update 2.16.15. You were a serious game changer.

 

    • You use meme language IRL

      It all started with semi-ironically using ‘lol’ as a way of showing amusement, without actually having to laugh. Now you’re calling dogs ‘doggos’, rating things as 5/7 and starting every single sentence with ‘that moment when.’

 

    • Emotions don’t exist for you anymore

      When you look at people’s faces, all you see is a series of reaction GIFs stitched together to become one long, kind of never-ending, meme.

 

    • Your search history contains the word ‘meme’ about 99% of the time

      The best thing is that when you’re having a bad day, you can Google ‘wholesome memes’ and scroll through and it only takes about 25 minutes for you to feel better again.

 

    • Your Facebook notifications have become almost exclusively meme-based

      And you can’t stop tagging the same two or three people in every single funny thing you see. Occasionally you might get a notification about your Mum commenting on your profile (so 2008 – adorbs) reminding you to bring your wellies home, but that’s about it.

    • But Facebook is never – NEVER – the original source

      Come on, what do they take us for? NORMIES? Facebook is the graveyard of meme culture, and you’re not an amateur by any standards. You’re deep into several very specific subreddits. You’re creating OC wherever possible. You are frozen in awe at your knowledge of forever. You see time!!! Ahem. OK, maybe not, but you’re a meme wizard, and that’s basically the same thing.

 

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