Teens and young people have always had codes and other means of communicating without their elders catching on. The advent of social media has only given youngsters a new avenue for clandestine communication. For example, users on TikTok have given new meaning to having nails painted white — and it has to do with relationships.
The Hidden Meanings Behind Nail Colors
The white nails trend stems from a pre-existing stereotype about girls who paint their nails white. Basically, the idea is that girls with white nails tend to be more promiscuous than others. The stereotype gained ground and became its own meme over the past few years, with social media users sharing their own humorous takes.
More recently, another trend began popping up on TikTok involving nail color — in this case, light blue.
“Why is it that every time you ask a boy what color you should get your nails they say ‘light blue?’ TikTok user @_urdadsgirlfriend wrote in a caption to one of her clips. The video went viral, and from there, light blue nails came to indicate that the wearer in is a relationship.
Given this new meaning for light blue nails, along with the existing stereotype around white nails, it’s only natural that a color code would emerge. And so, in the eyes of TikTok, while light blue nails indicate “taken” status, white nails mean the wearer is open for romance.
The color-coding has caught on easily with TikTok users. Many posters have taken to using their nails to make dramatic reveals about their own romantic availability.
Of course, other TikTokers haven’t been able to resist joking about the newest viral trend. Suffice it to say that young men have also taken notice — and are watching their crushes’ nails accordingly.
For more on the world of TikTok trends and challenges, check out Parentology‘s comprehensive guide for parents here.