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Business News/ News / Bed rotting, the viral trend taking social media by storm

Bed rotting, the viral trend taking social media by storm

'Bed rotting' has become a popular trend among the current generation, with videos showcasing the activity amassing millions of views on platforms like TikTok. Advocates claim that it is a way to prioritize physical and mental well-being.

How bed rotting, a Viral Trend offers rest and relaxation in the digital agePremium
How bed rotting, a Viral Trend offers rest and relaxation in the digital age

In the era of social media, a new trend has emerged among the current generation - ‘bed rotting.’ With videos showcasing this activity amassing millions of views, 'bed rotting' has become a popular trend, particularly on platforms like TikTok.

According to the New York Post, the hashtag #bedrot has received a staggering 305 million views on TikTok alone. The trend has gained traction as advocates claim that 'bed rotting' is a way to prioritize both physical and mental well-being through the practice of self-care.

What is ‘Bed Rotting’?

'Bed Rotting' is a phenomenon where people deliberately spend prolonged periods in bed, often spanning several days or even weeks. Participants actively document their experiences through social media platforms, sharing updates, photos, and videos of their time spent indulging in this trend.

Its origin

One of the earliest instances of the term 'bed rotting' was coined by US-based TikTok user @g0bra77y, whose video on the subject has garnered 1.4 million views. In the clip, she humorously questions who actually enjoys "rotting away" in their bed while expressing her own affinity for the activity.

While the exact origins of 'Bed Rotting' remain unclear, it gained momentum through the influence of social media influencers and content creators who shared their own experiences. This led to a rapid spread of the trend, captivating a wide audience and inspiring others to join in.

The allure and appeal

The allure of 'Bed Rotting' lies in its novelty and the escapism it offers. This trend provides participants with an opportunity to disconnect from their daily routines and enjoy a period of rest and relaxation. It fosters a sense of community, as participants engage with others who share their experiences, providing support and a sense of camaraderie.

Health considerations

While 'Bed Rotting' may appear fun and carefree, it is important to consider the potential health implications. Prolonged inactivity and excessive bed rest can lead to muscle stiffness, compromised cardiovascular health, and disrupted sleep patterns. Maintaining a balance between rest and physical activity is crucial for overall well-being.


Proponents of the #bedrot trend often refer to it as a hobby, passion, willpower booster, or a way to connect with like-minded individuals. Some argue that it promotes laziness and unhealthy habits, while others express concerns about the mental and physical toll it may take on participants. It is vital to approach this trend with caution and prioritize personal health and well-being.

The future of 'Bed Rotting':

The longevity of the 'Bed Rotting' trend remains uncertain, as new trends continuously emerge. However, the underlying desire for rest and escape from daily pressures is likely to persist in various forms. 'Bed Rotting' serves as a reminder of the importance of relaxation and the influential role of online communities in shaping contemporary trends.


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Updated: 31 May 2023, 08:54 AM IST
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