Why Are Red Flags Appearing All Over Social Media?
Those who use Twitter often may have seen a slew of new tweets using the red flag emoji.
Over the last few weeks, there has been a significant surge in tweets utilizing this emoji across the social media platform.
Given the recent spate of social media outages, this is just one example of consumers flocking to the platform—the site saw a significant increase in users when apps like Instagram, Whatsapp, and Snapchat were unavailable.
The Washington Newsday delves into the current meme’s meaning as well as some classic ones.
The Definition of a Red Flag
The term “red flag” is used to convey a message of caution or danger. It can be used in this context to suggest items that might be cause for alarm.
A red flag, according to Collins Dictionary, is “a red flag that is used to indicate danger or as a sign that you should halt.”
A red flag, according to a second definition in the dictionary, is something that “acts as a danger alert.”
The word can be applied to dating, when people may perceive a partner’s personality traits or preferences as’red flags,’ indicating that their relationship should not proceed.
Why Are Red Flags So Popular?
According to one site, the practice started among Black Twitter users who shared it in the context of relationships.
This quickly grew into a viral trend, with many more people using the social media platform to share their red flags in dating and in life.
Even Twitter got in on the act, sharing their own post, which garnered nearly 200,000 likes.
Twitter (@Twitter): “I’m not on Twitter.” 12th of October, 2021 While many people used the #redflag hashtag to express their general dislikes, others stuck to dating, describing what they dread in a mate and how it would certainly end a relationship.
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Rodd (@1SonRodd) (@1SonRodd) (@1SonRodd) (@1 14th of October, 2021 # #redflag #RedFlagWarning pic.twitter.com/AjS4R9rkgF if he still wears these boxers @NicoleH1224) Nicole Harris (@NicoleH1224) Nicole Harris (@NicoleH1224) Nicole Harris (@Nicol 14th of October, 2021 However, some people have been irritated by the red flag posts and have joined in to try to prevent others from revealing their pet peeves.