The Brief: Number neighbors memes were inspired by a Twitter trend in which people are texting their number neighbors: people with the same phone number except for the last digit.
What Are Number Neighbors?
Maybe you’ve been seeing number neighbors memes or someone with a similar number to your own just texted you “hey.” Number neighbors, also known as “text door neighbors” are people with almost the same phone number as each other. Typically, it’s people with the exact same number except for the last digit, which is one higher or lower.
Number neighbors are often geographically close to each other as they have the same area code. Some already knew each other and bought their cell phones together, choosing similar numbers.
What Happens When You Text Your Number Neighbors?
A recent revival of an already-existing trend has inspired people to reach out to their number neighbors and then post screenshots of their conversations online.
Part of the appeal of this challenge comes from the breadth of possibilities of how people will respond to being contacted by a stranger. Judging by the screenshots posted online, responses range from extremely positive to extremely negative. Assuming the screenshots are of actual exchanges between number neighbors, conversations led to meme-sharing, marriage proposals, a dog adoption, and threats to call the police.
Y’all out here making friends with ur number neighbors meanwhile I’m MARRYING mine. Yep this is real and we’re getting married in Vegas tomorrow 💍❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZNtBP580Yn
— Drew Gooden (@drewisgooden) August 5, 2019
best decision i ever made was texting my number neighbor! you could make a new friend❤️ pic.twitter.com/uRttjNZuuV
— IG: @nickson.3 (@nicksonr_) August 5, 2019
So i got bored and texted both of my number neighbors… i was taken for a wild ride lmaoo pic.twitter.com/40q3XUFIMi
— ash (@_ashleyward99) August 4, 2019
WTF my neighbor number TRIPPIN pic.twitter.com/2Z4TGaAw5T
— 𝒂𝒍𝒆𝒙 🦋 (@alejaudro) August 6, 2019
my number neighbor is a real one pic.twitter.com/hRUJBz0PD0
— Bibiana Arredondo (@_bibianaaa_) August 6, 2019
Number Neighbors Memes
Some people are waiting for the other person to text them first.
I want my number neighbors to text first pic.twitter.com/lvrZ3GPFBN
— kiona alaska (@KionaAlaska) August 5, 2019
While others get left on read.
My number neighbors really both left me on read huh😔
— Abby Roberts (@abbyrartistry) August 4, 2019
number neighbor left me on read…much to think about pic.twitter.com/z1wQfCBC2l
— James (@CaucasianJames) August 6, 2019
hey guys 🥰 let’s all try and find our social security number neighbors! comment yours below and we’ll see if anyone else’s is one number above or below you!
— viking (@notviking) August 5, 2019
my number neighbors didn’t answer😣 so I texted the whole neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/W5Zk3FSf51
— all hail beal (@AlmightyRyan10) August 5, 2019
— kylie larson (@kylie_larson341) August 6, 2019
Texting all my ex’s “Hey number neighbor” so I can get a response 😈 pic.twitter.com/vDa4oalhtH
— 𝐍𝐘 (@JustNy) August 6, 2019