WATCH — What happened when I texted my “number neighbour”
Is there a dark side to this friendly trend?
A new trend is picking up steam online that attempts to turn strangers … into neighbours.
The idea appears to have started on Twitter by somebody with the handle @ryanlavalleee, and has now spread to a bunch of different social media platforms.
Called “number neighbour," the idea is to text the person who has the phone number that’s one digit away from yours in either direction.
Add or subtract one from the last digit of your phone number and — voila! — it’s time to meet your number neighbour.
Here’s what happened when some Twitter users took the plunge:
1. Area 51?!!!
3. A housewarming gift!
4. Wait a second… you’re my brother?
Yes, dialing your number neighbour seems like something fun to do if you’re bored.
But you never know what will happen when you text a stranger.
So here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Never send any personal information, including:
- Your address.
- The name of your school.
- Names of family and friends.
- Passwords to accounts.
These are all details a creeper could use to find out more about you.
2. You should never harass or bully.
If things go too far, the police could get involved.
3. Never meet your number neighbour in real life.
Scammers, catfishers, hackers and identity thieves are everywhere.
This trend is an easy way for them to find you.
Predicting the next trend
Internet trends are often surprising.
I mean, who would’ve thought that texting a number above or below yours might be your ticket to going viral?
Maybe the next challenge will actually involve going out of your house and physically meeting your neighbours in real life.
Now, that’s scary!