Every friend group, whether it's boys or girls, has the one friend that no one actually likes: the Karen of the group. The Karen of the group is the one everyone is talking about before they get there.
They are the ones you love to make fun of. They're the one you call when everyone else is busy but you really don't want to be alone. They are the ones you made fun of at sleepovers until they had to call their mom to pick them up.
Karens have been present in groups for centuries, but no one really talked about it until Dane Cook poetically explained the phenomenon:
There is one person, in every group of friends, that nobody f*cking likes. You basically keep them there, to hate their guts. When that person is not around the rest of your little base camp, your hobby, is cutting that person down. Example: "Karen, is always a douchebag." Every group has a Karen and she is always a bag of douche. And when she's not around, you just look at each other and say, "God, Karen, she's such a douchebag!" Until she walks up, then you're like, "Hey, what's up Kar-? Kar-. What's up Kar-?"
It's sad, but as Dane said, there always needs to be a Karen in the group, especially in terms of girls. But for every group, there needs to be one common enemy. That one source of all the gossip, anger and just adolescent hatred. So, if you think there's no Karen in your group, you best think again. And just to make sure, here are all the signs that you could be her.
You're Always The Last To Know
It's ten, everyone's already drunk, and you just got there.
Always Texting; Never Receiving
You don't get invites; you ask until someone tells you.
You Never Understand The Inside Jokes
You never really know what they're laughing about.
At The Movie Theater, You're Always On The End
It's the worst spot, and we all know it's for the person no one wants to talk to.
The Bouncer Can Get Everyone In But You
It's not that the bouncer doesn't like you; it's because you're not on the list.
You're Constantly Asking, "What Are You Guys Talking About?"
You really don't understand what these stories and jokes are about.
When Leaving For the Club, You Don't Know Which Club It Is
The pregame is over, everyone's gotten into a cab and you don't know where you're going.
You're The One Taking The Photos Of The Group
You're never in the photos; you're always taking them.
They Never Let You Talk
Have you noticed you're never really participating in the conversation, and when you do it's always really awkward?
You Ask Everyone To Sign Your Yearbook, But No One Asks You Back
There is nothing nice they could possibly write, so they avoid you.
Your Friends Have Trouble Making Eye Contact
It's not that they're insecure; they just feel awkward around you.
When You Tell Stories, They're Never Yours
Have you noticed all your stories begin with, "Well, my friends were..."?
Bonus: You Think There's No Karen In Your Group
If you can't think of who the Karen in the group is, it's you.