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‘He’s not your man’ meme dishes awesome dating advice

If he takes two hours to write anything, works from his bedroom, and lives on memes, he's probably just a Daily Dot writer.


Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Published Nov 24, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 12:57 am CDT

Leave it to social media to have the perfect dating advice right around the season you have to fly back home and deal with curious relatives. If you’re bringing a partner to this year’s family dinner, it’s a good idea to make sure he, she, or they aren’t Vincent van Gogh, Jake from State Farm, or a raccoon. Thankfully, some folks on Twitter made it clear how to avoid these pitfalls through the helpful “he’s not your man” meme.

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The meme starts off with generally pretty good advice—if a man isn’t paying attention to you, either by taking too long to text back or not watching your Instagram stories, for example—it’s clear you’re not actually dating. But then the meme goes on to get weirder, listing characteristics of specific historical or literary figures.

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Maybe your new beau is a history major, so make sure you know who you’re bringing to dinner.

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Maybe you’re a huge geek. You’ve always wanted to get your family into Dungeons & Dragons. Well, good news:


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If politics is a frequent topic of conversation during the holidays, make sure you’re not bringing any dead presidents or alt-right weirdos.


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And then there are just the weird ones that any self-respecting human should avoid:



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And then there’s just the damn truth.

The meme first appeared on Twitter on Nov. 22; since then it’s expanded to address advertising mascots:


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And animals:


And, of course, Gritty:

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A meme that can be used to reference another meme? Count us in.

Some bigger organizations have gotten in on the meme, with varying levels of success:

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So, this holiday season, why not get some useful dating advice from a meme? You might learn something about historical figures in the process.



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*First Published: Nov 24, 2018, 1:37 pm CST