Examples of AFK
Where does AFK come from?
AFK, frequently written as the lowercase afk, can be found as early as 1989 when the online newsletter Fidonet listed it along with a few other old-school internet acronyms such as brb and lol.
Back then, AFK was used in IRC (Internet Relay Chat), an early application for online chatting. People would use the acronym so that others would know why they weren’t responding to messages: They were away from their computer keyboard, or keys.
With the rise of MMOGs in the 1990s, members of the gaming community began using AFK in in-game chat rooms for players who were idling.
Who uses AFK?
AFK is mostly used in contexts where there is instant communication, such as in chat rooms, texting, and online gaming. While less common, it does appear on social media, although typically in a gaming-related post. AFK is often used as a modifying phrase (going or being AFK). People who are habitually AFK may be referred to as AFKs.
I'm going AFK for the rest of the night.
— Jaguar Absurdity (@JaguarAbsurdity) September 19, 2018
— Tobe (@Tobe_JorgeRO) September 19, 2018
I placed gold in my first season then peaked plat 1 promo then back to back plat 5 finish. This season I have just been demoted to silver 2 and I'm dropping bombs almost every game. I can't even blame trolls or people afk that's the worst part 😭😭😭😭 #elohell pic.twitter.com/tTwkdtxqvY
— PandizZyyy (@GSPandizzeLL) September 19, 2018
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