People Are Texting Their ‘Number Neighbors,’ For Better Or Worse (And We Think Worse)

Friendship is often kind of arbitrary. Sometimes it starts with assigned seating in a classroom, or with who works the same shift as you at work, or who sleeps in the top bunk in college. Sometimes you notice someone is wearing the same shoes or reading your favorite book and say hi. Sometimes it’s the bro who throws you a nod at the gym. So why can’t you make a friend by texting a random number that is kind of similar to yours? The answer is that you can!

Twitter user @ryanlavalleee wrote about an experience texting their “number neighbor.” If this was a term before they used it, I’d never heard of it. It basically means someone who has your exact same number except for the last digit. They’re either one number above or below you, sort of like apartment numbers.

Don’t think about it too hard, just go with it. Anyway, @ryanlavalleee was unhappy with their number neighbor. No friends were made, but they certainly tried.

People thought this was a pretty hilarious experiment, so @ryanlavalleee suggested everyone try knocking on their number neighbor’s door, so to speak. Why not?

The responses varied widely. Some number neighbors got the gag right away, some were pretty steamed to get a random text, some turned things sexual immediately, and some are probably checking the locks on their door. What a wonderful opportunity to make a new random bud!

This, however, was a huge missed opportunity:

Text door neighbors. Of course. It was right there.

Here are some the best and worst number neighbor responses. You can decide at the end if you want to text into the void:

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