'The ick' has officially taken over! People on TikTok have been sharing their best (well, worst) dating stories - or just simple things their beau has done that caused them to be turned off. Here's a closer look at the hilarious trend...
Getting the "ick" essentially refers to those typically attracted to males. It explained the moment when all of a sudden the person you are dating doesn't seem attractive anymore. While it became popularized on the social media platform quite recently, it has been revealed that the term was first used back in 2017 during the third season of Love Island when contestant Olivia Attwood used it. "If you've seen a boy and got the ick, it doesn't go," she said, revealing how she lost interest in her co-star, Sam Gowland. "It's caught you, and it's taken over your body. It's just ick. I can't shake it off." But now it's turned into a trend on TikTok where people are sharing their hilarious dating fails!
From sending a cringy emoji to being disrespectful to a waitress, the icks come in all forms. And you may not have the same ones as your friends! The hashtag #TheIck has nearly 157 million views on TikTok and also thousands on Instagram and Twitter. And one of the most popular influencers on the app Jack Remmington is partially the reason why the hashtag has so much engagement. Every Wednesday, Jack asks his followers to reveal some of their funniest icks. It has ranged from one girl saying it's men who call themselves "spontaneous" on dating apps, while another revealed her "ick" was men who stretch before bed, or not being able to crack an egg correctly. The list is endless - and definitely hilarious. Well, what's your ick!?
"Most of my audience is women, so there's this tongue-in-cheek thing where we can mock men in a universal way, without it getting too deep," Remmington told Insider. "People lap up content about love and heartbreak because it's so relatable. Even if you don't necessarily agree with it, you can kind of put yourself in that person's shoes." Many people love this content because it feels relatable and plays a part in the social media validation that many people crave. Check out Jack's Instagram to see his weekly "icks." And stay tuned for more laughs!