What Does POV Mean?

POV means "Point of View." It is often seen on social media (especially TikTok) as #pov.

There are two main ways that #POV is used:

POV = What Is Seen From the Perspective of the Camera or Main Protagonist

In this context, POV shows the point of view from the first-person perspective or focuses directly on the main character. It is particularly common on TikTok, as well as in sports broadcasting.

TikTok user alyssamckayyy has over five million likes for this video, entitled "wear your masks." Her video expresses her personal views on how a rich girl parties during the Coronavirus pandemic.
@alyssamckayyy #pov the rich girl parties during a pandemic. • top from @official_ivoryella ♬ wear ur masks - ALYSSA MCKAY
During sports matches (such as football, hockey, soccer, etc.), the POV camera shows the game from the perspective of a particular player. In Formula 1 motor racing, viewers can see the race from a driver's dashboard camera.

This aspect of POV is also used in the film industry (especially the porn industry), when a scene is filmed so the viewer experiences events through the eyes a certain character.

POV = In My Opinion

In comment sections, discussion boards and in general text-based chat, POV means "this is my point of view" or "in my opinion."

In this context, POV is essentially a caveat, used to reduce the number of comments from haters. It highlights the right of the poster to say what they feel, even if it might offend some. For example:
  • Meat is murder! #POV.
  • Lettuce lives matter too! #POV.

Video Summarizing POV

Here's a short video explaining how POV is used:

Image for POV

When I write POV, I mean this: meaning of POV #POV is a particularly popular tag on TikTok.

Summary of Key Points

"Point of View" is the most common definition for POV, especially on TikTok, but also on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Point of View
(1) Perspective of First-Person or Camera.
(2) In My Opinion.
Type:Abbreviation & Acronym
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at POV

POV can be classified as both an initialism abbreviation (because it is pronounced using its individual letters, i.e., "Pee Oh Vee") and an acronym (because it can be spoken like a word).

Example of POV Used in a Text


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