The Strangest Social Media Trends
By Space Coast Daily // February 11, 2020
The internet is a pretty weird world, something you would already know if you have taken your fair share of time to explore its depths.
The online realm is full of diverse wonders such as a wide range of casinos with the best casino bonuses in which one can indulge in games like slots such as can be found on roulette, and blackjack.
The web especially changes the game when it comes to communication since it has allowed people from all across the globe to connect in an instant.
However, it has also become a platform for strange trends to bud, which sees millions of people engage in absurd practices that would be completely out of place to do as a group in the real world. Here are some of those that wildly took off and now leave in the depths of the internet.
Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
When Kylie Jenner pumped her lips with fillers to make them fuller in 2014, the internet went crazy trying to replicate what the superstar teen had achieved.
The starting point of the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge is uncertain, but it had thousands of teenagers making their lips bigger by sucking them into bottles, cups, and other items. The results for most were obviously different from the cosmetic effects of the second Jenner sister, and some ended up with severely swollen lips and doctors’ visits.
Enlarging lips by suction is strange, but it does not beat the weirdness of snorting condoms. For nearly every sane person, condoms are used to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STDs, but the internet sorted to add several more function to this shortlist.
Admittedly, some trends like using the items to fix furniture or carry liquid were harmless, until the snorting challenge came in. The trend dares one to snort a condom through their nose until it comes out through their mouth. Not only can this cause suffocation, but it can also result in a range of infections in the nasal cavity.
Hot Water Challenge
It is common knowledge that bringing scalding water near your skin is 100% a terrible idea, and it has been known to kill several hundred people around the world every year. However, the same cannot be said for several teenagers on the internet that indulged in the hot water challenge.
This trend saw people daring each other to pour boiling water on themselves or drink it. Most ended up in hospitals with burns, and there were even reported deaths.
The most publicised was that of an eight-year-old who died after drinking boiling water through a straw.
100 Layers of Beauty
The beauty industry has taken over the world, and with it, beauty influencers have flocked the internet to come up with trends that set the tone for what is in fashion.
The most bizarre trend that caught on to something was 100 layers. People would apply a hundred coats of anything on themselves including foundation, nail polish, eyelashes, lipstick, and even eyeshadow and post the results.
On the bright side, this challenge did not harm anyone, but it is strange that something so weird caught on and had a lot of people involved.
Tide Pod Challenge
The internet appears to have a fascination with trends that put people’s lives on the line, which was proven by Tide Pod challenge of late 2019.
Teenagers started eating the laundry detergent packets due to their flavoured smell and would post their reactions online. As harmless as it seemed, it put a lot of teenagers at risk of poisoning considering the chemicals used in the creation of detergents.
The trend was so widespread that Procter and Gamble, the company behind Tide Pods, issued a viral PSA featuring Rob Gronkowski.
Salt and Ice Challenge
One of the most feared modes of death stated by human beings is burning, but for some reason, we continuously invent new ways to harm ourselves the same way.
Welcome, the salt and ice challenge. These two elements are harmless on their own, but when mixed, they create a chemical reaction that results in burns. The effects of the reaction are often compared to frostbite.
Pimple and Zit Popping
Popping pimples is considered a disgusting yet mesmerising practice by most. Dr Sandra Lee managed to turn the exercise into an online phenomenon by sharing videos of her working on clients’ pimples, zits, cysts, and blackheads.
The videos are mainly meant to educate the masses, and they sure to draw in a lot of views on YouTube, and even inspire others to post their own.
One may think that after drinking boiling water and conducting the salt and ice challenge that the internet was done with burning trends, but it was not.
The fire challenge is another life-threatening challenge that hit the web. With this one, people would pour a flammable liquid on themselves and then set it aflame. All this was done while recording videos to post on social media platforms.
We cannot fully understand the motive behind most of these trends, but for some reason, they keep popping up now and then. The even bigger mystery remains why so many people get in on them, especially with the dangers that most of them pause.
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