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FR (For Real) Meaning (With Examples!)

Social media is just like texting—there’s a lot of miscommunication and slang acronyms that are used to save people time. That creates a lot of confusion when you’re trying to read through messages and figure out what people are trying to say. When someone says “FR”, here’s what it means. FR is short form for “for real.”

Here’s what FR means on social media

—FR meaning on social media!

FR means “for real.” It’s like a form of someone saying that they agree with you. Or that they’re shocked about the answer that they just heard. For example, if you’re talking to someone about a situation. And they say, “FR!” Then it would mean that the person is generally shocked about what just happened or what you just said.

It’s generally a positive, sincere, and inquisitive message.

Examples of FR being used in text or on social media

Here are some examples of how “FR” might get used in a message:

Example one

Brian: Hey, did you know that your girlfriend was at a party the other night? I feel like she didn’t tell you but I ended up seeing her!

Ken: FR! No, I didn’t know this. Thanks for letting me know. What the heck!

Related: What does OOP mean in texting?

Example two

Susan: FR, I’m going to quit my job. I just can’t stand my boss. Every time that I tell them something that we should do as a company—they are just like, no thank!

Kenny: FR! Jeeze, that’s a terrible way to be in a job. I have to say.

When did the term gain in popularity

In general, the term started to gain traction around 2022. It was a fun way to ask someone, “are you kidding?” Or “are you being serious?” This is like someone trying to say that they’re a little bit shocked at what’s going on and why!


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Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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