The latest photo trend taking over your Twitter feed this week is also quickly rising to the top of the Internet’s “Reasons I Shattered My Smartphone Screen” list. It’s been dubbed the “hands-free…” or “self-five selfie,” and it’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
The momentary Internet “trend” was created, originally, by one Seth Schneider who posted the first high five selfie to Twitter and went absurdly viral. At last count, his original tweet from three days ago has received 173,086 retweets and 437,513 likes.
For Seth, at least, the risk of breaking his phone seems to have translated into 15 minutes of serious Internet fame:
Today is the proudest day of my life. I successfully took a picture of me high fiving myself pic.twitter.com/tCZ53T5JSx
— Seth Schneider (@TOSUBUCK) October 8, 2016
Of course, not everybody has been so lucky, but plenty of people are trying. Since the photo went viral, reports of the new trend exploded across the Internet and copycats began popping up like daisies out of the snow.
A quick search on Twitter produces more than a few examples:
— The Beard Of Wisdom (@wisdomwisker) October 11, 2016
HIT THEM FOLKS DONT STOP AYE pic.twitter.com/wMSLagZjoy
— Lokness Monster (@Mandylok530) October 10, 2016
I DID IT I HIGH FIVE MYSELF pic.twitter.com/ItQQkNNyP0
— Megan Ennabi (@meganrose888) October 10, 2016
— Frankie (@isfrankielove) October 9, 2016
But there’s just one obvious problem here, captured beautifully by this Twitter user:
Brb, gonna go smash my phone trying to high five myself
— Gordon McCalcium (@Gorgon125) October 9, 2016
And experienced tragically by this one:
Tried to take a pic of me giving myself a high five and I cracked my phone ?
— Cash Slingin Slasher (@m_grainger_) October 10, 2016
So if you want to join the latest photo “craze” sweeping the world, be our guest. Just don’t blame us (or Seth) if you wind up with a shattered phone screen and a blurry mess of a “selfie” that didn’t even turn out.