Within the past 5 years, the popularity of online challenges has gone viral with the help of social media and word of mouth. The most well known challenge is the Ice Bucket Challenge, which was done by many to show their support and raise money for the ALS Association. However, not all online viral challenges are for a good cause. There are some pretty ridiculous and dangerous challenges out there that serve no purpose at all.
Below, we listed 5 of those challenges.
Dangerous and Ridiculous Online Viral Challenges
(Don’t Try These At Home)
Tide Pod Challenge
The latest online viral challenge young kids have been trying is the #TidePodChallenge. For this challenge, people have to consume a Tide Pod. Consuming detergent is dangerous to anyone’s health, with all the chemicals in it. The side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and foaming of the mouth. What sounds fun about that? Nothing.
In light of this challenge, Facebook and YouTube have removed any videos of people attempting this challenge. Also, Tide has urged people NOT to eat Tide Pods, but if you do, contact your doctor and the Poison Control Center.
Here is a video Tide published urging people not to consume Tide Pods.
Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
This challenge is based on the famous Kardashian family member, Kylie, and went viral in April of 2015. Kylie is known for her iconic plump lips that everyone wants, but can’t have. So, in an attempt to get bigger lips, young kids tried the #KylieJennerChallenge.
The challenge entails a person putting their lips into a shot glass and sucking the air out to create friction. However, this challenge had disastrous results. It could lead to lip swelling, pain, bruising, scarring, and disfigurement.
Here is an example of the Kylie Jenner Challenge gone horribly wrong.
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Do-It-Yourself Slime Challenge
A slime challenge seems harmful right? You’re absolutely wrong. If you don’t know how to properly make slime and handle chemicals, making slime at home is a bad idea. This challenge encourages kids and families to make slime at home, with many websites publishing recipes to make it.
Even though these recipes look legit, handling chemicals with no knowledge about them is never good. The chemical borax, included in many of these recipes, can cause blisters and severe burns if handled too long. Ouch! What makes this challenge even worse is that parents were encouraging their kids to participate in it.
Here is an example of just that:
Having cinnamon everyday has been proven to really benefit your health, but a whole spoonful? That’s a bit much. The Cinnamon Challenge asks participants to eat a spoonful of cinnamon. It became popular during 2013, and people are still trying it today. Adding a little cinnamon to certain drinks and foods is good, but not inhaling it.
Salt and Ice Challenge
With the Salt and Ice Challenge, people have to put salt on their skin then hold an ice cube on it. There’s absolutely no point to this challenge unless you purposely want to be in pain.
Just watch the video below to see how ridiculous this challenge is.
These challenges are pretty scary, right? Not all online challenges are bad, but most of the recent ones are. Make sure to think before you attempt to do any in the future.
If you’re a parent of a teen and want to make sure they aren’t trying these online viral challenges, use a spy software on their phone.