Social Media Challenge FTW!

By: William Branch

@VellyVell87

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Let us talk about challenges featured on social media apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook. Social media is a great medium that opens up channels of discourse between members of the same community or in different areas of the globe. As great as it is to be able to speak your mind, showcase your talents, and absorb information from all over the world, it can be a place of some of the most insane, asinine challenges known to man.

This year there has been a rash of crazy “challenges” that have seen people “compete” for their 15 minutes of fame as well as the enjoyment of others. A few examples of crazy challenges from the past 5 years include (but not limited to) the ‘cinnamon’ challenge; the ‘huh’ challenge; the ‘Kylie Jenner’ challenge; and the most recent ‘Take a selfie while high-fiving’ challenge:

The Cinnamon Challenge: Subject tries to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon, subsequently closing their throat passage and causing them to choke and gag:

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The ‘Huh’ Challenge: Subject films themselves making fun of, or “roasting”, their friends while ending their taunt with a high-pitched and long “huh!”:

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The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge: Subject places a glass to their face and suck to create suction in order to cause their lips to swell:

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Taking a selfie while high-fiving Challenge: Subject takes a selfie while high-fiving:

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Now based off the intended result the individual is going to hurt themselves, their property, or the feelings of others. It is crazy what some people will do for their audiences, but at the same time I would have to admit that it’s quite entertaining. I will also say that  the Ice Bucket challenge that took social media by storm in 2014 did bring awareness to and raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). No matter how many people accurately or inaccurately performed the tasks of the challenge, which involved dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads prefaced by their donation amount and nomination of a friend or family member to perform the same task. The ice bucket challenge serves as an example of how social media trends and cause-promoting campaigns can work. So there is still hope.

Be on the lookout for more crazy, inventive, or just insane challenges to pop up as the need to go viral is ever present amongst those who frequent social media.

References:

Ohlheiser, Abby. “The ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ is Working.” The Washington Post, 27 July 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/07/27/the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-is-working/. Accessed 22 Oct. 2016.

Winston, Flaura Koplin. “The ‘Duct Tape Challenge’ and Other Dangerous Social Media Trends.” 4 Feb. 2016, www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthy_kids/The-duct-tape-challenge-and-other-dangerous-social-media-trends.html. Accessed 22 Oct. 2016.

Jeffery, Yasmin. “No One is Safe Teens are Viciously Insulting Each Other in Social Media Trend Called the ‘Huh Challenge’.” 25 Sept. 2016, www.thesun.co.uk/news/1851548/teens-are-viciously-insulting-each-other-in-social-media-trend-called-the-huh-challenge/. Accessed 22 Oct. 2016.

Koerber, Brian. “Taking a Selfie While High – Fiving Yourself is the Newest Internet Trend.” 8 Oct. 2016, mashable.com/2016/10/09/high-five-yourself-photo/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+(Mashable)&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#QnPtrkPy6iq3. Accessed 22 Oct. 2016.

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