Social Media Challenges have been a good way to garner attention and to raise awareness for a cause. Some of these challenges have indeed brought about positive impact; for example, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was extremely successful in raising awareness for the ALS disease.
The Ice Bucket Social Media Challenge has seen many people donating to the ALS foundation and is worthy of celebrating its achievement. However, let’s take a look at 5 Social Media Challenges to NOT follow.
1. Hot Water Challenge
Clearly a ripoff from the Ice Bucket Challenge, it started with a YouTuber trying to add some variation to mock the Ice Bucket Challenge by pretending he was dousing himself with boiling water and even added sizzling sound effects to make it more convincing.
What he did not realise was that many kids watching his channel did not know that, and actually tried the “Hot Water Challenge”. This resulted in many kids pouring boiling water on themselves or their friends…causing severe burns and skin damages.
An 11-year-old was doused with boiling water at a sleepover. Her mother blames an online challenge.
From The Washington Post
2. Cinnamon Challenge
This craze involves someone swallowing a spoonful of powdered cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking water. They would then upload the video of themselves onto social media platoforms.
This may seem harmless but there is a high risk of choking on the cinnamon, especially if it lumps together and is stuck in the windpipe. In July 2015, a 4-year-old child died of asphyxiation, deprived of oxygen, after ingesting cinnamon.
3. Blue Whale Challenge
This is perhaps the most absurd and scariest challenge in this list. Over the course of 50 days, an anonymous “admin” will assign self-harm task, such as the cutting of one’s wrist, to a participant. On the 50th day, the participant is suppose to commit suicide so as to “complete” the challenge.
4. The Salt and Ice Challenge
This is probably less heard of. Since ice lowers the melting point of water, participants in this challenge will allow ice to melt and reform on their skin. The thing is…the salt can cause the ice to drop in temperature to nearly -30℃ when formed on skin, resulting in scarring or even permanent nerve damage.
5. Tide Pod Challenge
The most recent Social Media Challenge to storm the internet due to the danger it poses. Challengers have seen teenagers biting into brightly coloured liquid deterergent pods or melting them before chewing it to spit soap from their mouth.
More than 40 youths in America have participated. According to health experts, Tide pods are capable of causing diarrhoea and vomiting, in high concentration, death is possible.