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This Viral Keyboard Meme Trend Has Already Gotten Out Of Hand

In the year 2024, there’s never not some sort of viral social media sensation or meme that’s breaking the internet. However, the latest social trend may be breaking many people’s brains as well (mine included). Yes, I’m talking about the “look between on your keyboard” trend that has taken over X and TikTok in April 2024. 

Basically here’s how the trend works: Someone posts a prompt and then encourages people to find the answer to the prompt in the letters on their keyboards. Sometimes they’re clever (if a little silly), like when the Guinness World Records account told its followers to get some more sleep by tweeting, “Applicant: ‘I want to break the record for the longest time without sleep!!’ Us: Look between T and U on your keyboard.” (The letter between T and U is Y — aka “Why?”) However, many of the memes being posted have no meaning behind them, besides the intention to cause confusion with nonsensical letters.

Ironically, while the “look between on your keyboard” memes began popping up after April Fools Day this year, it reportedly originated back in May 2021 on 4Chan, a website where people anonymously share memes. According to News 18, one user posted a meme featuring a character from K-On, a Japanese manga, with the caption, “look between T and O on your key bored (sic).” In looking between T and O on your keyboard, viewers would find Y, U, and I, spelling out Yui, one of the main characters from the series. X user @KeionDaisuki_01 recently reposted this meme, showing the world how this trend took off and stating, “They will never beat the original.” 

But many social media users are in fact trying to beat the original. Here are some of their contributions: 

Not everyone is on board with the trend though. 

Ultimately, despite the “look between on your keyboard” trend really testing our brains, people are having fun with it. At to that I say, look between J and L on your keyboard to sum up my feelings about it all.

Eliana Jacobs is a National Contributing Writer for Her Campus. Born and raised in Southwest Florida, Eliana writes articles about lifestyle, Her 20s, and career-related goals/activities. Before becoming a national writer, Eliana wrote under the UCF Her Campus Chapter,where she wrote about health and wellness. Additionally, she has a passion for social justice, advocacy, and race-related news. Beyond Her Campus, Eliana also writes flash fiction and poetry for the nation’s largest student-run organization, Strike Magazine. Some of her most recent publications include Life In Plastic: It’s “Fantastic”. Eliana also was awarded multiple honorable mentions for her writing during her undergraduate career in her school’s Tutors’ Choice Flash Fiction Contest. Lastly, she recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, earning a dual degree in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies on a Pre-Medical Track. Ultimately, Eliana aspires to pursue an MD/MPH to specialize in Pediatric Endocrinology while intersecting her passion for public health through medical research, poetry, and journalism. In her free time, Eliana enjoys shopping, working out, and traveling. Lastly, Eliana loves exploring local cuisines and documenting restaurants she tried (Orlando and beyond) on her food Instagram.