What do teens, fruits, and Snapchat have in common? They're the three vital components of a new coded social media craze designed specifically to drive boys crazy. Specifically, teenage girls have devised a diabolical plan to confuse and frustrate their potential love interests by posting fruit emojis on their Snapchat Stories to offer a glimpse of what's going on in their love lives and indicate their relationship statuses... but only to other girls. Details of the game have leaked onto popular virtual forums like Reddit, however, so even baffled guys can find out what the cherry, for example, means on Snapchat with a little internet sleuthing — especially if they want to know what their crushes are thinking, and whether or not they're available.
Emojis have long dominated teens' online correspondences, but this particular fruit emoji obsession originated right around Christmas Day. That's when blueberries, pineapple, raspberries, cherries, lemons, and bananas took on their alternate, coded meanings and turned the social media site known for its ephemeral images into a fruit salad. A grainy photo on Imgur of a message apparently sent to girls explains the significance of each of the fruits, and it's not quite as esoteric as it may once have seemed:
- Blueberry: "Single"
- Pineapple: "It's complicated"
- Raspberry: "I don't want to commit"
- Apple: "Engaged"
- Cherry: "In a relationship"
- Banana: "Married"
- Avocado: "I'm the better half"
- Strawberry: "I can't find Mr. Right"
- Lemon: "I want to be single"
- Raisin: "I want to get married to my partner"
Obviously, fruit is not just fruit anymore on teen Snapchat. and whoever started the game really succeeded in flooding Snapchat Stories with the coded emojis, and in confusing those who weren't in on the joke — at least for a little while:
And, as internet fads frequently do, it just got old very, very quickly:
For guys who learned that the girls they like were actually "cherries," or "in a relationship," the situation may have even caused some tears and heartbreak:
There was also the suspicion that some of the emoji-posters may not be totally honest:
And, of course, intel about what, exactly each of the fruits signified eventually leaked, leading some to pick out other coded emojis to use, such as pandas, whales, and pigs. The goal seems to be to interact with the opposite sex by employing secrecy and other covert, ever-changing operations to keep them guessing and intrigued. If nothing else, it looks like it's working.