TikTok, a breeding ground for viral trends and challenges, constantly introduces new phenomena to captivate users worldwide. This summer, a slew of ‘girl trends’ have taken center stage, from the ‘Girl Dinner’ craze to the ‘lazy girl job’ phenomenon and Hailey Bieber’s iconic ‘strawberry girl’ aesthetic.
The freshest addition to TikTok’s ever-evolving landscape is the ‘girl math’ financial trend, which burst onto the scene just this month. Despite its recent debut, the hashtag for this trend has already garnered an impressive 37.8 million views on the platform. So, what exactly is ‘girl math,’ and why is it causing such a stir?
Understanding the ‘Girl Math’ TikTok Trend
‘Girl math’ revolves around the concept of justifying spending habits and convincing oneself that certain purchases are practically free if money is spent wisely in advance. Initially perplexing to many, content creator samjamessssss stepped in to clarify the trend’s essence.
“It’s essentially fun logic,” she explained. “If you buy something with cash, especially if you find that cash in a forgotten pocket, it’s free. That’s girl math. If you return an item, receive the refund on a gift card, and later spend that gift card, it’s also free. Girl math.”
Her video swiftly went viral, amassing 3.2 million views, and thousands of users joined in, sharing their interpretations of this unique “logic.”
TikToker Kenna shared, “Anything under $5 is free. Anything I buy with a gift card is free. If I buy something and then return it, I’ve made money.” User Sarah LeMoine chimed in, “If I paid for it with cash, it was free; it doesn’t count. Nothing came out of my account.”
While ‘girl math’ has taken TikTok by storm, it’s worth noting that the trend originated on a radio show in New Zealand called ‘Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley.’ During a discussion, they used ‘girl math’ to humorously explain why a caller would supposedly profit from spending $400 on hair extensions for her wedding.
As this intriguing financial trend continues to captivate TikTok users, it’s clear that ‘girl math’ is here to stay—at least as long as its unique logic keeps sparking discussions.”