Text in Bed, Drop Phone on Face

Text in Bed, Drop Phone on Face

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A Common Experience

Just as people have read books while lying in bed for decades, many people have found themselves browsing the web, reading email, and text messaging on the phone while in bed in recent years. A common experience that many bed-texters identify with is the awkward, painful, and mildly humiliating feeling of dropping one’s phone onto one’s own face.

Spread of the ’iPhone Stickman" iteration

This comic of unknown origin has appeared on my popular blogs and other sites serving as “amplifiers.”

Sightings in Rage Comics

The “I hate it when I drop my phone on my face while texting in bed” scenario has been played out in a few Rage comics. It’s unclear if each iteration was a deliberate re-creation or was created without prior exposure to one another.

“Liked” On Facebook

As of June, 2011 there are 32 Facebook fan pages for this situation, most with thousands of “Likes.” Here are just a few.

Asked on Yahoo Questions

On Twitter

By searching for a specific phrase in quotes using wildcards in the right places, while limiting the search to only results that come from Twitter’s domain, we can see how many tweets Google has cached that pertain to our situation.

The query is:


“drop* phone on * face” site:Twitter.com

Google returns over 25,000 results. A conservative assumption would be that there are even more results for the phrase that Google hasn’t cached or is no longer caching.

Impossible/Unnecessary Origin

This scenario has been created and recreated in web comics and social networks in a way that suggests that it is a common experience that many sympathize with, having experienced it first-hand.

There seems to be no reasonable explanation for why one would attempt to refine or rework the existing concept. Unlike a snowclone, madlib, or other meme that compels its hosts to create new derivatives, the mutation doesn’t seem to add any apparent value. A single iteration serves nearly the same purpose as most other iterations.

It should be noted that it’s entirely possible that the creators of some iterations are “stealing” the idea from others without ever having dropped their phones on their faces, but the motivation behind such behavior is dumbfounding (to this author at least.)

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Kalmo
Kalmo

In all honesty, I would have to say no to this. This is just an IRL thing and it really won’t go anywhere. It can’t be viral. It’s just people dropping their phones on their face, and you’ve just found pictures of saying they hate it when they do that and a few FFFUUU- faces. It to me just doesn’t seem like this will go anywhere, IMHO.

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