The most popular GIF of 2017 actually perfectly sums up 2017
8:24 AM, Dec 5, 2017
9:34 AM, Dec 5, 2017
2017, man. We laughed, we cried, we cry-laughed and, when words failed us, we relied on the sage power of GIFs and memes to communicate the deep unease coursing just under the surface of our daily existence.
Which is to say, it's no surprise that the most popular GIF of 2017 is an expression of confused, slightly offended disbelief.
The people behind Tenor, the top GIF-sharing app, searched billions of GIFs used on the app and across social media this year to find the ones people turned to the most. Ultimate honors went to...
[just imagine a drumroll, because GIFs don't have sound]
We all know this beloved GIF because, aside from doing the legwork of a solid reaction GIF, it also enjoyed a robust second life as a meme. (This is what happens when you spend too much time on the internet. You start describing little moving pictures as if they are a fine wine.) It also, for the record, captured the general what-the-eff-ness of the year quit elegantly.
What other little slices of internet art joined "white guy blinking" as the most-used GIFs on Tenor? Prepare for a roller coaster of emotions:
2. Crying baby, but probably in a mocking way
What's a good internet argument without calling your opponent a snowflake or a crybaby? This GIF probably figured into countless awkward tiffs between Twitter strangers.