Break The Internet

What does break the internet mean?

To cause something to go viral online

Break the Internet is a phrase used to describe when a story, meme, video, etc. goes viral. It is used as an exaggeration (which is what 98% of Internet users love to do) since it would require a lot more effort to actually break the Internet.

The phrase started to become popular in the early 2010s and plays off the idea that the Internet is a machine that can be "broken." One of the more famous uses of the term occurred when Paper Magazine featured a cover photo of Kim Kardashian in 2014 and declared that the picture would "break the Internet."

Example

"Did u c that viral video about Star Wars?
Yeah it's probs gonna break the Internet."
Pretty much anything Star Wars related will break the Internet

Pretty much anything Star Wars related will break the Internet

Kim Kardashian's attempt to break the Internet

Kim Kardashian's attempt to break the Internet

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Last Updated: March 14, 2017

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