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Script written by Q.V. Hough. Let's face it: there are some really annoying internet trends we all use. If you've ever dabbed, said something was "over 9,000," done the Kylie Jenner lip challenge or added a "FIRST!" YouTube comment, you're as guilty as the rest of us. WatchMojo counts down ten internet trends we all need to stop using. Special thanks to our users kenn1987, hyprmania52, Jacob Clark, ViolaCello, Vanessa Hagerty, WatchDogsFan47, Ackalata and Corey virox for suggesting this idea! Check out the voting page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top%2010%20Internet%20Fads
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Top 10 Played Out Internet Trends


Outdated and half-baked, these web crazes have run their course. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Played Out Internet Trends.

For this list, we’re delivering a final notice of eviction for Internet trends that simply need to go.

#10: Dabbing

When professional athletes begin trolling the dabbing of others, and even your momma’s dabbing too, it’s safe to say the trend is finito. Some have actually argued over who invented dabbing, which is a fantastic conversation if you’re into that sort of thing. We get it, YouTubers, some of you have perfected the dab, but let’s just all move forward from this perpetual “trend.” By now, anyone who has once positioned their body in the dab form is somehow now claiming the trend as their own. And sorry, Dee Brown, but you didn’t invent the dab – you just dunked with your eyes covered.

#9: Rickrolling

If you’ve ever been “rickrolled,” chances are it didn’t mark a major event in your life. In fact, you may have even passed out from the sheer underwhelming nature of the prank. We get it – Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” is a true gem of '80s pop culture, but some of the Internet’s creative minds have simply been pushing the whole “rickrolling” trend for far too long. In 2013, the Fine Brothers released a rickrolling reaction video, which should mean the trend is officially retro, and yet somehow rickrolling continues to not only thrive, but evolve... apparently.

#8: Harambe

In May of 2016, a three-year-old child took a tumble at the Cincinnati Zoo, which led to the killing of Harambe the Gorilla. And while social media unsurprisingly reacted, many chose to exploit the incident for cheap laughs. If you’re the sort who mourns the gorilla with your “dick out for Harambe” then you just may have a few issues or need a crash course on comedy. This particular trend is so played out that even sharing, retweeting or favoriting tasteless memes speaks volumes. Somewhere, somehow, someone is currently brainstorming a clever new Harambe video, looking for that missing element that could possibly make it unique. And, to that person, the Internet begs you: just stop.

#7: Nope!

On the Internet, some individuals seek out that perfect way to express themselves. On reddit, especially a particular subreddit, that perfect way is “Nope!” Kicked off by one user’s extreme distaste for spiders, this simplistic trend will surely be studied over time, as future generations will inevitably ponder the psychological makeup of early 21st century humans. Essentially, “Nope” has become the meeting place for bored individuals looking to “feel” and then “react” to horribleness... and perhaps make a YouTube video documenting the event. It’s an outdated trend steeped in the idea that you can find anything on YouTube. Trend over.

#6: Internet Challenges

Remember when Internet challenges made for good conversation? And remember when people challenged others to dump ice buckets on their heads without knowing why? Well, the once-interesting trend has evolved into something watered down and even dangerous. Everything now has to be extreme for Internet challenges; otherwise it’s just lame. The Salt and Ice Challenge is a unique way to find Internet fame, as is the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge – and the existence of such videos will surely be quite interesting for potential employers in the future. But hey – Internet challenges are all about living in the present, even if some people don’t realize they’re stuck in the past.

#5: Over 9000!

Based on the original 1989 episode of “Dragon Ball Z,” this outdated trend has long been overused by hyperbolic webbies. It’s kind of like saying something is the “best thing EVER” or “the worst thing ever,” but with numbers. The continuation of the “Over 9000!” trend is essentially a slap in the face to Vegeta, as the meme has lost its power since a 4chan user set it in motion back in 2006. That’s right, 2006. Sure, it’s a fun way of saying “a lot,” and even Oprah fell victim to the exaggerating nature of the trend. Yet, for a certain demographic of web users, loyalty to this outdated concept is the equivalent of ‘80s rock fans staying loyal to their mullets.

#4: THIS!

Perhaps you’ve heard WatchMojo has run out of ideas. If you believe that to be true, then you’ve already posted today’s video on Facebook with the caption “THIS!” to underline your point. And while YouTubers are certainly entitled to their opinion, the four-letter response of “THIS” doesn’t quite translate to the real world or anything vaguely entertaining. In fact, one could argue that an actually fully formed thought– or even just a bit of context– may translate better on the Interwebs. THIS is a trend, a fad – an easy way to agree with... something... without actually explaining why, or more often, what. Certainly, there must be someone out there conceptualizing a new comment box trend, and whatever it happens to be, it’s surely better than THIS.

#3: Who’s Watching This?

Since the inception of YouTube, we’ve seen various music trends, fashion trends and… comment box trends. For those unfamiliar, a unique group of people leave “who’s watching this” comments on old videos simply to get likes, which provides them warm fuzzies in return. And what a special feeling that is. Yet, there’s no real point to such a trend, and it has nothing to do with the actual video content unless the subject happens to be in the news. It’s not even the most bizarre comment box trend, believe it or not, and no other YouTube channel is more familiar with comment box psychology than WatchMojo. Believe that.

#2: Snapchat Filters

Like all forms of social media, Snapchat can be used efficiently or obsessively. But those dog face and face swap filters? Well, those are used aggressively and without shame. In fact, there should be a limit on how many times a Snapchatter can use a given filter per day, certainly while having lunch or doing some mundane activity. And let’s be honest, nobody actually enjoys that face swap filter unless you’re the one using it. It’s both creepy and offensive to the human eye.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Charlie Charlie
- Ghost Ridin’
- Car Surfing

#1: First!

Well, here we are: the “first” phenomena, AKA the trend of proclaiming yourself to be the supposed first commenter on videos that you don’t actually watch. There’s no real benefit to this whatsoever, not to mention no personal skill involved. All it means is that you believe yourself to be the first person to type the quickest at a specific moment in time. And perhaps you’ve noticed that WatchMojo doesn’t send out gift packages to the “First” crowd. Well, that’s mainly because it’s a trend the majority of the internet wishes had ended a long, long time ago.

Do you agree with our list? What do you think is the most played out Internet trend? For more progressive Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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