TikTokers are making like-minded friends by lip-syncing to an edited song

TikTok has a new conversation starter thanks to the “talk to me” trend.

People are using a sample from a Playboi Carti song to reach out to others. In the “talk to me” meme, users seek out instant connections by bonding over shared preferences and common interests. 

There are over 300,000 videos using the “talk to me” sound and the hashtag #talktome has over 577 million views.

Spin-off from the ‘Don’t Talk to Me’ trend

The “talk to me” trend ironically spawned from the “don’t talk to me” trend. The latter sampled the lyrics “don’t talk to me” from the same Playboi Carti song “Punk Monk.” The “don’t talk to me” trend currently has 2.2 million videos associated with the sound. 

In the trend, TikTokers express their frustration over something someone does as Playboi Carti sings “don’t talk to me.” The person usually does hand gestures in sync with the lyrics. It typically follows as a neck chop, peace sign, opening and closing ofthe hand (to signify talking) and then pointing back at oneself. 

The user @izzydentonn did the hand gesture in a swimming pool with the caption, “when they’d rather tan than play mermaids.” 

Where did the ‘Talk to Me’ TikTok trend come from?

The “talk to me” trend was born out of the “don’t talk to me” trend where users only sample the “talk to me” part of Playboi Carti’s song. Instead of discussing their pet peeves, people share what they want in another person, while doing similar hand gestures. 

The user @1lilnaz is believed to be the first person to put this upbeat spin on the TikTok trend

“If you watch anime,” @maxtaylorlifts said before gesturing “talk to me.” 

“When I see alt people in public,” @lilsaiko666 wrote in the caption. 

“When she say she love babies,” @twinnandazari said with his daughter. 

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