Have you heard about the latest internet challenges?! The latest one is called the Tide Pod challenge. Seriously!! You eat a Tide Pod! How stupid is that?! I just don’t get it. There is no purpose. Why would you eat a Tide Pod? Why would you want to do any of these ridiculous challenges?
No one can really pinpoint when this all started. The first one I remember is the bucket challenge. I’m sure you all remember that one. I even did it! My Ice Bucket Challenge. But I did the challenge for a reason. The purpose was to raise awareness for ALS. It worked too! Even though most people did it just to do it, people were talking about it. That was the whole point. But now people are doing challenges that have no point and to make matters worse they are dangerous.
10 Dangerous Internet Challenges
1. The Cinnamon Challenge
The objective of the challenge is to film oneself eating a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything, then upload the video to the Internet. Wikipedia
2. The Salt and Ice Challenge
The salt and ice challenge can quickly cause second- and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite or burning yourself with the metal end of a lighter. Due to the numbing sensation of the cold and possible nerve damage during the stunt, participants are often unaware of the extent of any injuries sustained during the challenge. Skin discoloration from the challenge may remain after the challenge has been attempted. Wikipedia
3. The Condom Challenge
The condom challenges are two viral Internet challenges. The first is a 2013 challenge involving snorting a latex condom through one’s nasal cavity and into the back of the throat; the second is a 2015 challenge where a water-filled condom is dropped onto a person’s head, typically enveloping the head of the person taking part. Wikipedia
4. The Duct Tape Challenge
A viral sensation in which people try to wrestle themselves free, often posting videos of the feats on social media. Today
5. The Choking Game
The choking game (also known as the fainting game and a wide variety of slang terms) refers to intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain with the goal of inducing temporary loss of consciousness and euphoria. Wikipedia
6. The Kylie Jenner Challenge
“The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning,” Dendy Engelman, a dermatologic surgeon, told Seventeen. “Not only can significant pain, swelling, and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is a potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts.” Washington Post
7. The Warhead Challenge
The Warhead challenge is another YouTube challenge that was voted one of the top most dangerous eating challenges. The rules are that you need to eat 150 warheads in 10 minutes and videotape it. Warheads are an extremely sour candy that even says on the container not to eat too many at once. Contests have experienced bloody tongues and loss of taste for extended periods. Careful Parents
8. The Hot Pepper Challenge
The hot pepper challenge (also ghost pepper challenge or chili pepper challenge) is a viral internet food challenge that involves filming oneself while eating and swallowing a chili pepper that is high on the Scoville scale and known for its pungent qualities, in particular the Habanero, Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper) and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper. Wikipedia
9. The Fire Challenge
The fire challenge is an activity which refers to the application of flammable liquids to one’s body and then setting the liquids aflame while being video recorded. The aftermath is then posted to social media sites. Firefighters, police officers and media sources have chastised and spoken out against the activity, hoping to dissuade individuals from trying it due to its harmful nature. Wikipedia
10. The Eraser Challenge
A popular version of the dare has children reciting the alphabet while rubbing the skin on their arm fast and hard with an eraser. It often leads to skin abrasions and cuts, with the apparent goal to see how long the participants can last. Today
Most of these internet challenges are done by kids and teens but I have seen videos of adults doing some of these things. Why? To be cool? To get your 15 minutes of fame? It just doesn’t make sense to me. Life is precious! Why would you take chances with it? It’s one thing to take a nibble of a hot pepper to see how hot it is but it’s a whole different story to continue to eat it when you can feel it burning your mouth and throat!
I decided to write this blog post last night while Phillip and I were watching YouTube videos and he showed me a couple that had to do with the Tide Pod Challenge. Surprisingly, YouTube actually removed videos of people actually doing the challenge!
Be a leader. Don’t do things just because other people are doing them. Wow! I sound like my mother when she used to say, “would you jump off a cliff because everyone else is doing it?”. Kids want to be cool. They want to fit in. It is up to the adults in their lives to make sure their self-esteem is strong enough that they don’t have to do these stupid challenges to feel important. As for the adults doing them, well, they are idiots.
Come on people, if you are doing crazy shit just to get attention then stop. You don’t need that kind of attention. You need to grow up and put more value on your life.
I am not saying don’t do anything exciting or that you need to walk around in a bubble suit. What I am saying is stop doing these internet challenges that are just plain dangerous and serve no purpose. You get absolutely nothing out of these challenges. They are pointless and if you do them then you are saying your life is pointless.