You Are Now Breathing Manually

You Are Now Breathing Manually

Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 11:05PM EDT by Brad.

Added Jul 16, 2010 at 02:15AM EDT by Tomberry.

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"You Are Now Breathing Manually" is an expression that is meant to induce a heightened sense of self-awareness on the involuntary process of breathing for the reader. It can be seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy, similar to other "trigger" expressions like "read this in my voice" and THE GAME.


On February the 14th 2001, Everything2[1] user phenylketonurics submitted a post titled "Blinking and Breathing," in which he lamented being conscious of involuntary bodily functions.

Try to think about blinking and breathing. Come on, do it. Seriously, don't just read this, but actually do what it says. No, Really. Think about it. Think about blinking and breathing. Welcome to my hell. Now you're totally fucking screwed, because now that you're thinking about this crap you have just taken the reigns of your involuntary bodily functions.

The earliest known mention of this type of of suggesstion used as trolling tactic was posted by Slashdot user ThinkAboutYourBreath[2] on February 1st, 2004:

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING. Yes that's right, THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING. Why you might ask? Well it's simple! Your brain usually takes care of breathing FOR you, but whenever you remember this, YOU MUST MANUALLY BREATH! If you don't you will DIE.


On January 3rd, 2005, the mind game was posted in a thread titled "You Are Now Breathing Manually" on the Xgenstudios[3] Forums. On January 13th, 2008, a "self consciousness thread" was started on the imageboard 4chan,[4] in which many users left various mental suggestions, including "you are now aware of your tongue" and "you are now manually breathing."

Anonymous 01/13/08(Sun)01:08:30 No.50802928 self-conciousness thread go >> Anonymous 01/13/08(Sun)01:10:38 No.50803088 i can no longer figure out how it was staying up before i read that what in gods name have you just done. >> □ Anonymous 01/13/08(Sun)01:10:45 No.50803 100 You are now aware of your tongue You are now manually breathing

On December 8th, 2009, a Facebook[5] page titled "You Are Now Breathing Manually" was launched. On July 28th, 2011, BuzzFeed[8] published a list titled "15 Ways To Really Annoy Someone," which included mental suggestions for breathing and blinking manually. On December 7th, Redditor Cordl3ssPen submitted an animated reaction GIF titled "My friends reaction when I said 'You are now breathing manually'" to the /r/trees[6] subreddit (shown below, left). On April 26th, 2012, Redditor Gamer_Stix submitted a animated GIF of the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants rapidly breathing titled "When I realize I am manually breathing" to the /r/gifs[7] subreddit (shown below, right).

On February 26th, 2013, NeoSeeker Forums[9] member Benedict started a thread titled "You are now breathing and blinking manually." On June 17th, a similar thread was posted by Body Building Forums[10] member skarms.

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