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What Does “GTS” Mean On TikTok And Instagram A Guide To Common Acronyms And Slang


What Does “GTS” Mean On TikTok And Instagram? A Guide To Common Acronyms And Slang

GTS is an acronym that creators carried on from the world of chat and text to incorporate into video and content creation. 

The acronym is very limited in how it can be used and means the same thing on any platform, whether in context or not. GTS is one of the harder acronyms to guess and is often used mid-conversation or in comments. 

However, before being popular on social media platforms for meaning “Go to sleep,” GTS had another meaning that is no longer relevant today, which used to be “Google That Shit.”

Despite never encountering this meaning on modern social media platforms, the urban dictionary suggests that the abbreviation for GTS, “Google That Shit,” was trendy around 2009.  

The Meaning and Usage of “GTS” 

When searching TikTok or Instagram for “GTS,” you will find many sports car models and videos that have nothing to do with what we’re about to explain. 

That’s because, in cars, GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport, a model you’ll likely find many examples of before landing on this page, but it is rarely what creators mean when using the acronym in content that doesn’t revolve around cars.  

GTS is an acronym that stands for “Go to sleep” and is most commonly used to describe a POV (Point of view) video in their descriptions. GTS is also used in the middle of captions or solely in comments. 

Good examples of GTS in content creation can be as the following:

  • “I don’t need to GTS, I live off solar energy.”
  • “This is why I don’t GTS before midnight.” 
  • “If you can’t GTS, try this.”

The Origin of “GTS”

The term is usually understood based on its context and isn’t a product of any creator or trend; instead is commonly agreed upon amongst the younger generation, like Gen Z and Millennials.

Before being popular all over TikTok and Instagram, GTS was mainly used in text messages and chats and moved on to be incorporated into modern-day internet slang. 

The acronym started popping up more with the increased demand for video content and is seen within captions and video explanations more than in any other place online. 

Generally, the acronym is difficult to guess out of context, such as in comments, and is mainly only popular in POV modern-day content. 

How to Use “GTS” in Content Creation

You can use the acronym GTS to communicate your point or story in captions and video descriptions, but it can also be used in comments. 

In POV point of view content:

“POV: When you want to GTS and your dog doesn’t” or “POV: You GTS and forget to set your alarm for work.” 

When used in the comments, GTS implies that you don’t like the work of a creator, or you’re simply telling them to go to sleep because it’s a late hour.  

The acronym is best explained by these Tiktoks, using it in different contexts to communicate an Idea, statement, or scenario. 

Jaymcd1, a creator with 8130 followers, uses “GTS” in a video that reached over 3 million viewers to communicate a POV video about when her boyfriend tells her to “Go to sleep.” 


don’t even know what to do with myself

♬ original sound – user10677771596

In another 5-second Tiktok, jaymcd1, a creator with over 50k followers, uses GTS at the end of what he’s communicating his POV of what it feels like when the only person you talk to goes to sleep. 

Another POV that generated the creator 3ksey_ with over 7300 followers and 2.6 million views for making a funny video about what it’s like for him trying to GTS while his girlfriend is singing. The creator also created spinoffs of the original that didn’t perform as well, generating 389k views. 


Ultimately, leveraging acronyms that can better narrate a story or situation with the least effort helps your content’s overall reach and engagement. 

You can start using GTS in POV content, comments, and more to see if it makes a difference and use the acronym in your way once you need to communicate something that involves going to sleep. 

Look up the acronym on TikTok or Instagram for more ideas and contexts, and filter your findings by the most liked videos. 

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David Adler is an entrepreneur and freelance blog post writer who enjoys writing about business, entrepreneurship, travel and the influencer marketing space.

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