Too much Internet: Chinese girls cover their knees with iPhones to prove they have skinny legs

It looks like smartphone designers' obsession with thinness as a display of sophistication and beauty has finally caught up with the users themselves. To the uninitiated, here's your brief introduction to the latest tech fad in China – the "iPhone 6 knees" challenge. It's about nothing other than body-conscious girls photographing themselves using iPhones to cover their knees, proving they have skinny legs. Oohkay...

Make what you want out of it, but the fad is already viral on China's infamous Twitter clone / reliable smartphone leaks source Weibo. We have the accompanying photographs and snarky user commentary to prove this isn't an April Fools joke. Somebody on Facebook actually came up with a concise and eloquent summation of the state of things: "The world seems to be losing sense by the moment..."

Unfortunately, we can't be of much help to those looking to participate in the challenge, because we're unclear about certain specifics in regards to whether it's the regular iPhone 6 or its Plus-sized brother that gives the most accurate measurements. At an initial glance, the difference in size might not be as relevant, but when it comes down to bodily measurements, every inch counts...

via Mashable



1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The worst part is that it isn't even an April 1st joke.

3. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

it's slow news day though!

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

someone needs to feed these girls the 2nd girl needs mc d every day for 6 months, what guy wants a girl that can be snapped in bed during sleep, lol get your minds out of the gutter

22. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

They have no money for food. They spent it all on iPhone.

4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And what's the final in that?

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I still fail to see the point... Covering big thighs with an iPad makes sense... Chubby chicks used to cover their thighs worth books, back in my college days... But covering knees on skinny legs with an iPhone? I'm scratching my head as we speak...

6. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Yep, that's how much human intelligence devolved within a decade.

9. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

The size of iPhone top and bottom bezels they could measure the waist of the average American.

11. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

iPhone S(L)E

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

The iPhone looks bigger compared that skinny legs

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

The iPhone looks bigger compared that skinny legs

14. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

skinny doesn't always mean good

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

skinny is just never good.. :-/ skinny mean below BMI standart, and anything far less or far more than BMI standart is unhealthy

18. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

As long as they are healthy I'll take a skinny chick any day of the week.

15. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I can do this on my knees too.... on my 6S Plus lol

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I can cover one of my knees with S6edge+ I'm not fat, I'm just have large bones

19. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Ok Cartmen

20. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

that's what all fat girls in denial say

23. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Those girls are not skinny enough! If they can't even cover their knees with a SE or 5S, they're already too big. Better yet, one up that and cover your knees with an iPhone 4. On a serious note, yeah I remember that thigh gap phase we had not too long ago here in the US.

24. hallucinogenius

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Sorry, I just can't tell if they're skinny or not. Needs a banana, for scale.

25. Brewski

Posts: 736; Member since: Jun 05, 2012


26. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Meanwhile somewhere in the world a fat feminist tries to do the same with her 20 inch Panasonic Toughpad MB5025.

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