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What’s going on with that weird length of recording meme?

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Let your loved ones know you care with the new ‘Length of Recording’ meme

The early days of a meme, like the early days of childhood are filled with wonder… and confusion. “What’s going on?” you may ask, or even, “How did I get here?”

And so it is with the Length of Recording meme that is spreading across Twitter like a virus. The basic premise of the meme indicates how much time you spend talking about something you don’t care about versus something you do care about. The tweets look like they contain clickable audio recordings, but they are actually just composed of emoji symbols and long dashes.

They often start with the phrase “me talking about myself:” and lot of them expressing how much someone loves their boyfriend/girlfriend.

But the entire thing appears to have stemmed from another of the most popular memes on Twitter, that men are trash.

https://twitter.com/minimalisthue/status/882075563762102273

People rapidly realized how widely applicable it is both on an individual and meta level.

https://twitter.com/ioannaklz/status/882841720563617793

https://twitter.com/jaboukie/status/882241159568949249

A lot of people seem to be using it to talk about their personality quirks.

https://twitter.com/GirlPosts/status/882805049944092673

https://twitter.com/deathlylogan/status/882701838818181122

Or how much they enjoy some bit of pop culture.

https://twitter.com/andrewjkrause1/status/882830614780678144

https://twitter.com/PanicAtTheSisqo/status/882838587548499969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailydot.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost-new.php

https://twitter.com/lukedoublef/status/882829829934022656

The meme also has tremendous legs surrounding the drama of various K-Pop bands, specifically Day6 and EXO.

https://twitter.com/kyvnqsoo/status/881682469002641408

https://twitter.com/twicespjm/status/881734322587226113

https://twitter.com/baekxsprouts/status/881683488482656257

There seem to be countless variations going on and, obviously, people have already started to hate/mock it.

https://twitter.com/GabeNOlsa/status/882837868829446145

The original ones seem to have grown out of an older meme that consisted of people posting the fake audio recording as a prank. The idea being that people would click on it repeatedly trying to get it to play, and become increasingly frustrated.

https://twitter.com/memearchive/status/776107204134985728

https://twitter.com/codyyymc_/status/879372405357121536

But once enough people were in on the gag, some of them started using it with the assumption that people would know there was, in fact, no audio to play.

Where the idea goes from here is anyone’s guess, but if it follows the normal course of memes, it’s a safe bet that things are only going to get weirder.

https://twitter.com/YahBoyCourage/status/882815902743396352

David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.