What does WAYF stand for?

Where are you from?

WAYF is a handy shortcut for asking “Where are you from?” You might see this abbreviation pop up when you’re chatting with a new acquaintance on a dating site, social media, or in a chat room. It’s a common question during the early stages of getting to know someone.

Let’s say you’re having a lengthy chat with a friend you just made on Discord. At some point, they might type WAYF. This is their way of asking about your geographic history. They may be interested in where you grew up, where you currently reside, or both.

But remember, even though it’s usually okay to answer WAYF with some basic information about your hometown or current city, always be cautious when sharing personal details online, especially with someone you’ve only interacted with on the internet.

Example for using ‘WAYF’ in a conversation

Hey! How’s it going?

Hey! It’s going great, thanks! How about you?

I’m good too! Just relaxing at home. What about you? Where are you from?

I’m from New York City. Born and raised there. How about you?