The hysterical tears created by augmented reality have captured the internet by social media’s new viral trend: the crying filter. This week, a Snapchat filter has been all over our FYPs. Not laughter or smiles, Tears have recently sparked interest on Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. According to the company, the “crying” lens debuted on Snapchat on May 6. However, it didn’t take long for Snapchat users to use the filter over 1 billion times — and for the lens spread to Instagram and TikTok. The hottest new look on social media instantly became an excessively overdone face of emotion. Speculations about the inspiration for the trend are hovering over social media. Is it Bella Hadid’s divulgence about her sadness, or is it stimulated by none other than Amber Heard in her latest courtroom breakdown?
Snapchat, Instagram #cryingfilter
One of the most frequent ways Internet users use the sobbing lens is on unsuspecting friends and family members. “What’s wrong?” the camera guy will inquire of the perplexing subject. Some of the best outcomes have come from confused laughs, which appear to be an even more impassioned plea for help. Well, the more a person laughs in front of the screen, the filter intensifies their sorrow. Like anything else on the internet, the sobbing craze was pushed to a whole new level when the Kardashians got involved.
Ray Swift, a TikToker, used the filter on footage of the Kardashians on the Met Gala red carpet, including a pouty Kendall and an extra-emo Travis Barker. Social media users are guffawing about the latest videos; even a viral post off Kardashians’ faces at Met racked up over 1 million views. Kylie even posted the TikTok on Instagram, confirming the frown as the hottest beauty accessory in 2022.
Well, if you are one of those who do not possess the talent to cry on command, you must try the filter to enjoy hilarious waterworks.