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The latest of 2020's relentless string of TikTok challenges is the #phoneinbackpocketchallenge, which unsurprisingly consists of people putting their phone in their back pocket and filming where people look. Here's one TikTok user's challenge result:
It may be that people are just looking at the camera lens conspicuously sticking out of their jeans, but TikTokers have recorded the results and shared them with the world.
Using the hashtag, the videos show various TikTok users heading out to public places like supermarkets and shopping centres, and most of them seem to show people (mainly men, let's be honest) looking at their phone - which happens to be exactly where their bum is.
The videos connected to the hashtag have more than 23 million views collectively. This statistically means that at least one relationship will have got slightly more rocky over recent days.
All in all, the trend has highlighted the level of unsolicited stares that people get, with some shocked by the sheer volume of looks they got.
TikToker Emilia Evangeline uploaded her video with the caption: "So I didn't expect this many on such little footage."
On her video, you can see at least two men going in for a double stare at her posterior, with others giving her glances as they walk past, presumably not realising she is filming them to show the world.
People commented on how funny the video was, but also that they're guilty of doing the same.
One person wrote: "I'm waiting to see myself in one of these one day!"
Another asked: "So question, does it make you feel good or feel weird knowing that [people look at you]?"
The reply was: "Bit of both, I lost a lot of weight and still kinda see myself as the bigger girl I used to be because I guarantee what I used to look [like] no-one would have."
One person pointed out though that the trend could just have come from people noticing the phone and then others cottoning on to what the person is doing. They said: "I feel like everyone looks at a phone in someone's back pocket, no? If you see it from a glance you just automatically look again."
Unfortunately, or fortunately, however you want to look at it, for some the test for the TikTok trend was slightly less successful.
For example, one user who posted a video that has been viewed more than 300,000 times can be heard saying in the clip: "Well, nobody looked... not a single person. The only person that looked was my boyfriend, literally just my boyfriend."