TikTok is a vast sea of viral trends and memes, some of them short-lived, others with more staying power.

One of people’s most significant anxieties in life concerns the loyalty of their significant others. No one ever wants to be cheated on and betrayed, and we all want to know that we’re loved and cared for.

And so, when something that has come to be known as the loyalty test emerged on TikTok, it not only gathered momentum but has now become a mainstay on the platform. But what is the loyalty test? How does this trend work? And how have TikTokers integrated it into the platform?

The Loyalty Test

Basically, the loyalty test is a way to entrap your significant other and put them in a situation where their behavior reveals the extent of their loyalty to you.

How does this fit in with TikTok? Well, generally, a user seeking to subject his significant other to a loyalty test will tell a friend of his to message their significant other on TikTok. The message is usually at least a little flirtatious, and the significant other’s reaction will determine whether they’ve passed the test.

A response like, “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend” or a simple statement that they don’t want to talk is usually enough to pass the test. A lie or some kind of flirting back is a massive sign of failure.

Usually, TikTok tends to chronicle the failures, as they are much more dramatic.

Indeed, this has even become an industry. Some TikTokers, like Hayley Martin — who goes under the handle @hayleymartin12 — even charges people — usually women — to loyalty test their significant others. She messages the boyfriend of the person paying her on some social media site or another and begins flirting with him. As you can imagine, not everyone passes.

Some guys even give in to Hayley’s seduction after telling her they have a girlfriend. In one video she made about this, Hayley shows a guy telling her that he has a girlfriend. But after she offers to be his side piece, he tells her that he already has a few.

Some might question the morality of all of this, but it does answer to very real human fears, and it reveals something rather unflattering about who we are.