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‘Pebbling’: The wholesome dating trend justifying your meme addiction

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If you’ve got a phone we can almost guarantee you’ve pebbled before (Picture: GETTY)

When it comes to dating and relationships, it can sometimes feel like you’re pushing a rock up a never-ending hill.

But pebbling, the latest trend to take the internet by storm, is something that is sure to brighten up your day.

We can almost guarantee you’ve pebbled a little yourself too – you just didn’t know it.

Pebbling is the newly-appointed term for the act of sending partners (or friends or family) little gifts or something thoughtful to brighten up their day.

These can also be in the form of memes, little videos or tweets that we see and send over Whatsapp, Instagram or TikTok.

It’s been compared to how penguins bring back pebbles and give them to the penguin they want to woo, as a show of affection.

‘I think it’s the cutest thing ever because memes are a love language these days. Pebbling started with the advent of meme sending as a form of creating a connection with people,’ relationship expert Gigi Engle tells Metro.co.uk.

‘You simply see something that reminds you of someone you love, and you send it to them.’



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In fact, we could probably attribute the success of viral clips from resurfaced shows like Nanalan, the Canadian TV show which started in 1999, where puppets Mona and Nana have funny interactions, to pebbling.

Responsible for the cult tune ‘Who’s that wonderful girl? Could she be any cuter’, the clips are often sent back and fourth between couples as sweet and thoughtful relationship banter.

Shorts from other cult TV shows like The Office are often shared too, with Michael Scott’s simple but endearing humour becoming meme-ified too.

In fact, there are whole accounts dedicated to relationship memes, which have the sole purpose of being relatable to couples, who will inevitably share it in their Instagram dms with their partner.

On TikTok hashtags like #relationshipmeme have upwards of 35,000 posts. One clip, which reached 2.7 million views which was captioned: ‘When you ask your boyfriend if he can take you to get a sweet treat and he says yes.’

Dubbed a love language, meme sending is often done alongside text messaging communication, as a supplementary form of connection.

Gigi explains: ‘It can definitely strengthen relationship because it’s similar to sending a message saying “I saw this and thought of you”.

‘Pebbling can be a really good way of building banter and a connection with a partner. It doesn’t have to be physical stuff – it’s meme culture.’

With pebbling though, it’s wise to start as you mean to go on – whether it’s with physical gifts or, indeed, memes.

‘Pebbling does have the potential to set an expectation of communication you’re going to have throughout your relationship, so that’s something to keep in mind.

‘If you stop pebbling the other person may wonder what they did wrong.’

Overall though, the trend is a pretty fool-proof way to make your loved one feel special.

 Drew Wyllie, dating expert at Pure, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Showing your love by delivering small token gifts means not only that you are thinking about them, but also that you know what they like and how to make them smile.

‘Pebbling is especially useful if your partner’s main love language is receiving gifts. If done regularly, this can build a strong and stable foundation by showing your partner that you know what they like and how to brighten their day.’

Whether it’s a gift or a meme, it’s important to consider what your partner appreciates in terms of what they like or their sense of humour.

‘What is deemed sweet and thoughtful for someone, may be irrelevant for someone else,’ adds Drew.

‘For more tips, I’d say make a mental note of your partner’s likes and dislikes as well as their daily behaviours so you can make your presents more relevant.’

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