The phrase Forever Alone is part of an internet meme that refers to a feeling of loneliness and social isolation experienced by individuals, often portrayed humorously.
It is used to describe someone who may be single, lacking a romantic partner or a close group of friends. The phrase is typically accompanied by a sad or self-deprecating image or comic, emphasizing the person’s perceived isolation. While “Forever Alone” initially gained popularity online, it has since become a term used in everyday conversations to express feelings of being alone.
Example: Imagine sitting alone on a Friday night, with nothing but a bowl of microwave popcorn and a marathon of your favorite TV show. You look around, hoping for some company, only to find yourself entirely alone. That my friend, is the epitome of “Forever Alone.” It’s that moment when you realize that your social calendar is as empty as your heart, and the only text notifications you receive are from your favorite pizza delivery joint.
The origins of the phrase “Forever Alone” go way back in the centuries, with an early example of the expression occurring in an 1876 poem by Margaret Lawrence Pray, titled “Then and Now,” where one may read the lines “My life one echoless monotone, / Alone, alone—forever alone.”
Despite this, the phrase is known by most people today through the Rage Comics character, also dubbed “Forever Alone”, who was first sighted on 4chan in 2009. Although the creator of the character is not confirmed, some sources online claim, that it was drawn by Dominic Vanner.
Another early example of the “Forever Alone” guy, appearing in a comic was uploaded to FunnyJunk on May 28th, 2010.
As the “Forever Alone” meme gained traction, it transcended its original comic strip origins and became a widespread phenomenon on social networking sites like Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter. Users would share relatable stories, images, and videos expressing their own experiences of being alone or isolated.
It was further popularized in 2010, when it was included in the video game “Super Meat Boy”, as well as a marketing campaign by Sony Ericsson. In the following years, it became a viral hashtag, as well as a reaction comment, not to mention the countless comic and image macro memes, that it inspired.
The “Forever Alone” meme had even led to the creation of an annual online holiday called ”Forever Alone Day” on February 14th, a playful counter-celebration of Valentine’s Day. While the spread of the meme has slowed down in recent years, it remains a recognizable symbol of lonely internet culture, not to mention the fact, that it inspired the Wojak, as well as the Crying Wojak meme, which is how it lives on in the current trends.