Every year social media brings up new viral trends that makes people more connected but also sometimes got everyone scared. Here’s a list of the best social media challenges over the years:
- The Planking Challenge (2010-2011)
“To plank” simply means to lay face down on something and keep your body strait as a board. It started on Facebook by two friends who decided to create a Facebook page to share their planking photos and since than it became viral. Here are some of the best planking videos:
2. The Ice Bucket Challenge (2014)
It started as a fund raising campaign for ALS and it was quickly transformed into one of the biggest and widely performed Social Media challenges. Also many celebrities got involved in it, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah.
3. The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge (2015)
It is sure one of the most dangerous challenge after the Ice Bucket challenge. It basically consists on inserting your lips into a small glass and then suck out the air until having a vacuum inside. The purpose of it is to have with pouty lips like Kylie Jenner but some teens just went too far ending up with aggressively damaged lips.
“The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning. Not only can significant pain, swelling and bruising result from these suction techniques but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts.” – Dr. Dendy Engelman –
Soon after teens have taken to social media to post their negative results, Kylie Jenner responded to the challenge:
4. The Kiki Challenge (2018)
Drake’s 2018’s single “In my feelings” inspired a dancing challenge started by the Instagram star Shiggy. The video got millions of viewers, exceeding the actual official music video of the released song. The challenge basically consists on stepping out of moving cars and dancing alongside it to Drake’s hit. Some videos of the dances uploaded on social medias show people getting seriously injured by falling out of the cars, crashing into poles… Soon after the police from around the world, including in India, Spain, the US, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, have warned people that the dance challenge is dangerous and people caught trying it could face criminal charges.
Viral challenges have recently gotten its popularity on YouTube and other social media platforms. Social media users certainly want to make contributions by engaging in the challenges to be seen as socially active people. However, some enthusiastic users have taken the challenges to an extreme that there is no meaningful cause but leaves people physically hurt and injured.