Where does NIFOC come from?
NIFOC, short naked in front of computer, is an internet acronym found in Usenet postings dating back to 1990.
It became more widespread online by 1995, used jokingly in some internet forums and chats—and not-so-jokingly in the context of cybersex or viewing internet pornography. This is not to mention the nudist/naturist computing subculture, who launched the website nifoc.net in 2001.
NIFOC also pops up in contemporary internet slang, though mostly as a humorous way to imply masturbating to porn—or a clumsy way to sext.
oh, look, it's saturday night and i'm nifoc instead of being out!
— Pedro Figueiredo (@pfig) March 10, 2007
Examples of NIFOC
Who uses NIFOC?
NIFOC is used mostly by pranksters who want everyone to think (or know) they are, well, online and in their birthday suit…
on a call with a customer & nifoc
— phil a. coffin (@pnc) July 13, 2018
NIFOC guys just saying
— Eve (@evecomidi) December 17, 2014
…and by lame parents/out-of-touch journalists who are just now learning dated 1990s chatroom acronyms.
totally nifoc rn pic.twitter.com/HCQchSCYSB
— Edíek (@BrownBeuy) October 3, 2016
Do your kids speak in code online? Look out for these!
LMIRL=lets meet in real life NIFOC=naked in front of cam POS = parent over shoulder
— Not Okay Tameside (@NotOkayTameside) May 27, 2016
— Your Teen Magazine (@YourTeenMag) January 22, 2017
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