The “Distracted Boyfriend” meme is one of the most popular memes this year. There was a solid month or so where it was being widely shared in its various iterations all over social media.
In case you’ve somehow missed it up until now, it’s a meme that’s based on this stock photo of a young man who clearly has eyes for other women, even as he’s out with his girlfriend.
Once Twitter got a hold of the image, it was only a matter of time until they turned it into a huge assortment of hilarious memes.
It’s pretty much used as a meme to make fun of someone’s inability to resist a given distraction.
Recently, however, one highly observant movie buff made a rather remarkable discovery – this meme has apparently been around since the 1920s!
It was first pioneered by none other than Charlie Chaplin, in the 1922 silent film Pay Day.