More and more funny memes pop up on the Internet. Even when we are not looking for them, they pop up on our Facebook page and in our news feed. But who doesn’t delight in watching them?
Memes cover every imaginable subject from politics to embarrassing moments committed by celebrities to animals caught doing funny and quirky things. No subject is safe from memes.
Sometimes we can be extremely busy trying to go about our day when we run across more funny memes. We have to stop and look at them, don’t we?
These might be the very pick-me-ups that we need to share with others later in the day. We want to bring something to the table and it might as well be a good laugh.
Before we look at even more funny memes, let’s get a definition of a meme. According to Wikipedia, a meme is…“an activity, concept, catchphrase, or piece of media that spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via the Internet.”
Wikipedia goes on to say that an Internet meme most often takes the form of an image, GIF or video but it can just be inspired from a word or phrase.
Memes zero in on fads and sensations and spread from person to person through social networks, blogs, email or other avenues. These are popular because of the rapidity in which memes can spread.
Richard Dawkins coined the word meme in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. The purpose was to explain the way cultural information spread.
People enjoy images that are ironic, inspirational and thought provoking. It provides them with a different way of thinking of things. Irony is when we expect one thing to happen but something else happens instead.
Memes have made people cautious since many have a presence on social media. They never know what’s in another’s mind. There may be something funny about you that would trigger them into thinking that you’d make an excellent meme.
Others may agree, but you may fail to see the connection. Many don’t often laugh when they’re the butt of someone else’s joke.
Here’s what a following activist and blogger had to say in reference to memes…
“With the rise of social media, it has given me an opportunity and a platform to have a voice as a blogger and as an activist, but it has also made me nervous that I might become a meme or a viral sensation, all without my consent.” -Sinead Burke.
What the heck do people see in memes anyway? Well, here are some clues…
For more benefits of humor, see another article I wrote on Funny Memes.
When you’re with your boyfriend, you can take a break from Netflix and share memes. They are great bonding tools. And the more funny memes you share, the more laughter you share.
Memes are great ice breakers, you know, when there are uncomfortable lapses in conversation, when you want to twiddle your thumbs but stop just before embarrassing yourself.
When you get off into memes, you’ll naturally relax and find yourself more poised. But be careful to keep memes on the light side. There can be memes that offend.
Keeping them funny and inspirational and thought provoking is right on the money.
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