Here’s the Controversial Social Media Challenge Parents Are Worried About
Teens are getting more creative. (And weirder.)
Some social media challenges, like the puddle jumping one that Robert Downey Jr. launched to spread awareness for ROHHAD Syndrome, are fun and in support of a good cause. Some, like the #HobbyLobbyChallenge, which had teens flocking to arts and crafts stores in the pursuit of the perfect photo, are harmless forms of amusement. Others, however, like the now-infamous #TidePodChallenge, which had teens eating laundry detergent packets and sent many of them to the hospital, are downright dangerous.
And the newest social media challenge among teens might be the worst one yet. Recently, videos have been surfacing showing teens snorting condoms up their nose and inhaling them until they come out the other end.
Needless to say, the #CondomSnortingChallenge is not only stupid, it’s also extremely dangerous.
Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recently wrote in Forbes that anything that isn’t explicitly designed to go up your nose (like doctor-prescribed nasal sprays) could, “damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection.”
If it gets stuck in the nasal cavity or the throat, you could also choke to death.
Like many terrible social media challenges, this one has been around for a while, but it’s recently experienced an inexplicable and wildly unnecessary resurgence.
The challenge also reflects the growing concern over tech addiction and the way in which teens are deliberately injuring themselves in a desperate attempt for attention on social media.
“These days our teens are doing everything for likes, views, and subscribers,” Stephen Enriquez, who teaches drug and alcohol prevention to parents in San Antonio, Texas, told Fox News. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.”
People: condoms are meant for protected sex, something you will almost certainly not be having if anyone sees a video of you snorting prophylactics up your nose.
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