Inspired by a Twitter trend, everyone's texting their number neighbor. Unfortunately, not everyone's number neighbor wants to be contacted.
"Number neighbor" is also known as text door neighbor, a term coined in 2008. In 2016, people began texting the phone number below theirs in an effort to strike up a conversation. Twitter user and Richy Mitch and the Coal Miners drummer Ryan Lavallee brought the trend back on Tuesday when screenshots of his number neighbor conversation went viral on Twitter.
It did not go well.
one time i tried texting my phone number neighbor and he sucked so much pic.twitter.com/M5p1oX84wV
— ryan (very cute and funny) (@ryanlavalleee) July 30, 2019
Others posted similar results — it seems the number neighborhood isn't very friendly.
— ✧juno✧ (@saturnglosss) August 3, 2019
— Peppa 🤪 (@peppafromkc) August 3, 2019
number neighbor thing went really well ! pic.twitter.com/1YsSSLGppc
— lauren milici (@motelsiren) August 3, 2019
— Berdman🦅 (@Bobby_Berdie) August 3, 2019
— Kaeli Gibbons (@kaeligibbs) August 3, 2019
— reid (@reidjmarshburn) August 3, 2019
This number neighbor thing didn’t go so well uhhh... pic.twitter.com/kge5m7ahdO
— Chase (@Chase_Moore_) August 3, 2019
Lots of people had pretty wholesome interactions, though.
My number neighbor WILL be the best man at my wedding I promise pic.twitter.com/3ugAggwvWI
— Ryan Cramer (@ry4ncramer) August 3, 2019
— Gianna Latronica (@GiannaLatronica) August 3, 2019
My number neighbor and I ending racism 🤜🏼🤛🏿 pic.twitter.com/qXVopPN85T
— Mikey McDermott (@MikeyMcD50) August 2, 2019
— kylie not jenner 🐁 (@whatevekylie) August 3, 2019
— Elizabeth (@liztomlinson02) August 3, 2019
— annalise wooster (@annalisewooster) August 3, 2019
Unfortunately, it also got weird for a lot of people.
thought it would be nice to text my number neighbor pic.twitter.com/RTRr6c6hGo
— gia (@giarudilosso) August 3, 2019
— soulwatch (@emilyszulwach) August 3, 2019
wow texting my number neighbor really took a turn pic.twitter.com/GNewvJxq6K
— eric curtin (@dubstep4dads) August 2, 2019
— lynds (@lyndsiewilson4) August 3, 2019
Sometimes the connection was just lost on both sides.
— Moe Ahmad (@moeeeee718) August 3, 2019
Tried the number neighbor thing but ur boy was too blunted pic.twitter.com/P2la6jX4Gy
— BASKO // EL PAN BLANCO (@TabaskoSweet) August 3, 2019
At least some Twitter users got a response from their neighbors — even if terrible.
— Ivan Oropeza (@Cha3ingwest) August 3, 2019
We can't wait for this trend to resurface in another few years! Maybe the number neighborhood will be less hostile by then.