Known as the number neighbor or text door challenge, the way it works is that phone users just text the phone number that is the same as their number, except the last digit is either one number higher or lower.
The original texter is then supposed to post screenshots of the resulting conversations on Twitter.
Here’s the tweet that started the latest online viral challenge:
one time i tried texting my phone number neighbor and he sucked so much pic.twitter.com/M5p1oX84wV
— ryan (@ryanlavalleee) July 30, 2019
At this point, the challenge is two months old, but I am just learning about it now (no surprise there), thanks to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Maybe it’s an age thing, but I just don’t get it.
I don’t think this is what Mr. Rogers had in mind when he sang, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
I can see why the recipient of one of these unsolicited text messages would be upset; it’s like an invasion of privacy. Plus, the recipient would likely assume it was spam and just react accordingly.
Don’t these people already have the phone number of somebody they know whom they can text and then have an intelligent conversation with?
If you’re trying to expand your social network, it seems like there are much better ways to do so.
I understand that there is the potential thrill of connecting with someone and forming a relationship with that individual in such an unusual way. But the odds of such an event seem astronomical.
It seems like your time would be better spent getting involved in activities that you like; thus increasing the odds you meet someone with the same interests as you.
Now while I have no interest in sending a text door message, if I received one I would certainly respond in a friendly way.
I also know the conversation would end pretty quickly once I mentioned that I was an accounting teacher.