What Does POV Mean?

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

Here are the two ways that #POV is used:

POV = "This is what I see."

On platforms like TikTok, POV usually means "this is my point of view" or "this is how I see the situation." When used on social media, POV carries the connotation of "I am entitled to my opinion." It is essentially a caveat to reduce the number of comments from haters as it highlights your democratic right to say what you feel, even if it might offend some.

More widely, POV is a technique used in the film industry to express the attitude of the director or the writer towards the content or a character in a scene.

POV = "This is what you would see."

POV can also mean "this is what you would see" or "here is the first-person perspective." It is particularly common in sports broadcasting, where the POV camera shows the game from the perspective of a particular player. In Formula 1, for example, viewers can see the race from a driver's dashboard camera. This aspect of POV is also used in the film industry, when a scene is filmed so the viewer experiences events through the eyes a certain character.

Video Summarizing POV

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

Example of a POV Video on TikTOk

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.

##pov the rich girl parties during a pandemic. • top from @official_ivoryella

♬ wear ur masks - alyssa mckay 🦋

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) This video expresses my personal point of view.
(2) This video is what you would see if you were there (i.e., it's the first-person perspective).
Type:Abbreviation & Acronym
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for POV

When I write POV, I mean this:

meaning of POV
#POV is a particularly popular tag on TikTok, where it usually means "this is how I see things."


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


See Also

FOV (field of view or field of vision) FYR (for your review) KIV (keep in view) NSFV (not safe for viewing) PPV (pay per view) TWITCH (video game broadcasting and viewing platform) VTPR (view to permanent relationship) Using the music symbols