Internet dating, like most things in the digital world, has transformed at an alarming rate. A few decades ago, suitors who met online may have exchanged wordy emails or thoughtful AOL messages—Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail," anyone? But those verbose exchanges are now a thing of the past—in their place are jokes in the form of images, videos and GIFs. *Cough* *Cough* "Memes."

The term "meme" was first coined in 1976 by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins to describe a phenomenon in which genes replicated and evolved from person to person. These days, the term has been adopted to describe a similar process that occurs on the internet when funny viral images or phrases are repeated, altered and passed on.

Memes have become an unavoidable part of online communication. According to a 2019 survey, 55 percent of 13- to 35-year-olds send memes on a weekly basis and 30 percent send them daily. In fact, if you don't "