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Internet Husband, also known as “Redditor’s Wife” or “Anon Wife”, is an image macro series featuring a photo of a woman standing in a doorway in pajamas, appearing rather distraught, while her husband is looking at a computer screen. The overlaid text typically describes the woman’s disappointment with her addicted Redditor husband, and references Internet culture in-jokes. Some of the derivatives reference other websites like 4chan.
The original image comes from a stock photo titled “Man working at computer with sad woman in background” that can be found on Gettyimages and Fotosearch. The earliest occurance on Reddit was on May 18th, 2011, in a thread titled “The door swings both ways”. The post was made as a response to another Reddit thread titled “I must admit I’ve thought of this myself” featuring the following image of a man lying awake in bed:
The blog Blame It On The Voices posted several Redditor’s Wife derivatives titled “Meme Alert: Redditor’s Wife” on May 26th, 2011. On June 2nd anotther compilation of derivatives were posted to the blog Uproxx.
Getty Images – Man working at computer with sad woman in background
UPROXX – 10 Redditor’s Wife Meme Variations That Have Definitely Happened IRL / 6/2/2011
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