Teens love participating in social media challenges, but many of them can be dangerous. Understanding the pitfalls of these trends will help you protect your teen from harm.
Teens’ brains are still developing, and they’re impulsive. That makes it easy for them to participate in these challenges without thinking things through.
1. Self-Mutilating Challenge
The Self-Mutilating Challenge is the newest and hottest social media trend that’s making teens and their parents everywhere drool. This is a type of “do it yourself” suicide attempt in which participants take a selfie and then cut themselves with scissors and glue. The challenge is reportedly a popular viral phenomenon on social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. Although the idea is to do it yourself, many young people find it easier to ask a parent for help. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that suicide is never a good idea. The best way to prevent it is to seek help from a professional as soon as possible. There are many mental health resources available in your area, so don’t hesitate to get help if you need it.
2. Skyscraper Selfies
One of the most extreme selfie trends that are sweeping the world is roof-topping. This involves daredevils scaling the tallest buildings around and taking selfies from dangerous vantage points.
While this trend started in Russia, it has since spread to Asia and is even making its way over to Hong Kong! A Russian thrill-seeker, Angelina Nikolau, has made a name for herself on social media by climbing skyscrapers around Eastern Europe and Asia to take jaw-dropping self-portraits from way up high.
As she travels the globe, she has her friends photograph her performing gymnastic stunts just inches from the edge of some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. But there is a downside to this extreme selfie trend.
The death of a Chinese teenager who climbed to the top of a tower to live-stream his experience is another reminder that these extreme stunts can have fatal consequences. It has also prompted the government to warn about the dangers of roof-topping and other extreme selfies.
In this stomach-churning video, three students have scaled to the top of one of Hong Kong’s most famous skyscrapers, The Centre, and filmed themselves perched precariously on its spire. The cameraman, Daniel Lau, used a selfie stick mounted with a wide-angle lens to capture the footage.
3. Self-Portrait Challenge
Self-portraits are often a way for artists to express their personalities and share personal perspectives. They can also be a great way to show off a unique style or highlight a creative methodology, such as being a photographer or writer.
One of the best ways to take cool self-portraits is to incorporate reflections. This can be done by shooting through a window, or by using a mirror or other reflective surface to create the illusion of a mirror-like image.
Another cool way to make your photos look interesting is to add motion blur. This will make it look like you’re walking in front of the camera and leaving a trail behind.
You can also shoot with a backlight, which is light that hits only half of your face and makes it look like a painterly silhouette. This works particularly well when the sunlight is soft and flattering, such as during golden hour.
If you’re looking for other ideas for taking incredible self-portraits, try taking a few different shots of yourself and editing them together in Photoshop or similar photo editing software. You can even use a smartphone camera for this! This is especially helpful if you don’t have access to a professional photography studio or have limited time.
5. Pandemic Selfie
In the rush to herd immunity, the “vaccine selfie” has become an essential part of the pandemic-fighting campaign. But it also can stoke resentment among those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
But if posted with the right intention, vaccine selfies could be used to help strengthen social norms around COVID-19 vaccination and ease some of the mistrust that’s tamped down uptake. That’s the hope of many, including healthcare workers.
A recent survey found that the majority of people who post COVID-19 selfies on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter are women. But the trend is catching on with men too.
Some people even take their selfies with a face mask on. Others may have been vaccinated and want to share their happiness with their friends.
The question then is whether these selfies are acceptable, if not socially expected, in an age where social media etiquette rules have been loosened. Elaine Swann, a lifestyle and etiquette expert in Carlsbad, California, says she doesn’t find them to be a major faux pas.
She said she’s happy that social media is playing a role in promoting health. But she cautioned that it’s important to remember that some people might not be able to get the vaccine, so posting a “vaccine selfie” shouldn’t be seen as bragging.
6. Don’t Leave Me Challenge
There are many Hilarious and Cringe-worthy Social Media Challenges that have taken the world by storm. Some are just plain silly, while others have proven to be dangerous and even deadly.
One of the most famous and viral challenges is the Don’t Leave Me Challenge. It started from TikTok and quickly went viral. Its creator Josh Alfred, a Nigerian comedian with the stage name Josh2Funny, began the challenge in March and posted it on his Instagram account.
He filmed himself using the word “leaf” to make funny puns. The video became so popular that it was viewed over 146,000 times in four days.
It was so popular that Buzzfeed called Alfred’s Challenge the first video to go viral. Williams then created a sequel to it that has been viewed over 11 million times, according to Buzzfeed.
The Don’t Leave Me Challenge was a hilarious pun-based comic skit that quickly went viral online. It was based on a video made by Josh Alfred, an actor and comedian from Lagos, Nigeria, who is known as Josh2funny.
This video was a breakthrough moment for the comedian. He’s one of a flourishing generation of comedians in Africa’s most populous country that has gained widespread popularity through comedy sketches and videos uploaded to the internet. He uses content marketing to generate popularity and sell his skits.
He has a unique way of selling his skits, by creating catchphrases that resonate with the audience and are compelling enough to make people want to see them. His videos on YouTube and other platforms do not directly generate revenue, but they are essential to generating viral trends.
However, he admits that his challenge is a bittersweet experience. He says he’s happy it went viral, but that he feels a little bit of a let-down because he doesn’t get the credit for his work.
Nevertheless, he is proud that his video has gone viral and that it’s helped bring him worldwide attention. He said that he hopes his videos will continue to attract the same level of attention in the future.
This viral challenge has been a fun way to pass time and also have some laughs with friends and family. You can check out more of these challenging videos by following the hashtags #Don’t Leave Me and #TakeMeWithYou on TikTok.
7. Drop Challenge
The Drop Challenge is one of the most popular and viral challenges to hit social media in recent years. It started on TikTok but has also spread across Instagram and other platforms as well. The challenge involves dropping low into a squat position as Beyonce’s song “Yonce” plays in the background.
The challenge has gotten so popular that a few celebrities have joined in, too. For instance, actress Zoe Saldana, who is currently filming the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, posted a clip of herself on the set, participating in the Beyonce drop challenge with her makeup artist. She shared it on her Instagram page and captioned it: “#DropChallenge with @makeupbyzoe.”
Other Disney and Marvel stars have participated in the Beyonce Drop Challenge as well, including actors Shoba Narayan (who plays Princess Jasmine in the Broadway show Aladdin) and Dennis Stowe (who plays Jafar in the movie). The ensemble cast members for Disney’s Broadway show also joined in on the challenge, adding to their funny Instagram videos.
Actors and actresses in Pakistan have followed the trend too, with Mehwish Hayat, Mawra Hocane, Mashal Khan, and others recreating the challenge in their homes and on the sets of their shows. They have also hopped on the challenge as a way to break away from their daily monotonous routines and add some hill Jul in their lives.
Some of these challenges have been criticized by experts as being dangerous, but there’s an element of human nature that can trump such concerns. According to Brittany Morris, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker from Thriveworks in Chesapeake, Virginia, people are drawn to challenges that give them a sense of accomplishment and a stamp of approval from others.
For example, the Drop Challenge may seem like a risky stunt that could leave a person injured, but it can be seen as an opportunity to feel like they’re making a difference, she says. As a result, many people have chosen to take on these dangerous tasks, which can give them a sense of self-worth.
The Drop Challenge is a great way to encourage kids to think about how structures can protect things from breaking. This activity can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as part of a larger curriculum on gravity, potential and kinetic energy.
8. Pillow Challenge
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, users have been flocking to social media platforms to bond with one another. Whether it’s Animal Crossing, TikTok dances or social distancing bingo, these viral trends have brought users together from all over the world. But while all of these trends have their place, one craze is taking over the internet, and it’s the Pillow Challenge!
This viral trend is taking Instagram by storm. It involves tying a pillow around your body and posting a picture of yourself looking like you’re wearing a dress!
The idea is pretty simple: all you need is a pillow and a belt. You can even use a sheet as long as it doesn’t have any holes or stains on it. Once you’ve done this, you can then take a selfie and post it online.
So far, this challenge has been shared by celebrities, influencers and regular Instagrammers. Some of them have gone all out and made their pillows look extremely convincing. Others have opted for a more simple approach.
Halle Berry is among the many celebs who have taken up the challenge. The Oscar winner recently posed for an outdoor shot wearing a sleek black pillow, belted around her waist, with wide-brimmed sunglasses and patent leather pointed-toe pumps.
Other celebrities who have embraced the trend include Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross. While Ross, a Black-ish star, went for a neutral palette with her pillow and belt, Hathaway decided to go with a movie-inspired look, donning a pink-and-white striped pillow, a wide-brimmed sun hat and an oversized pair of sunglasses.
While this challenge isn’t new, it’s been trending on Instagram since April 5. It was first started by Swedish style accounts @stylebynelli and @myforteisfashion, who posted pictures of themselves wearing pillowcases as dresses on April 5.
So far, more than 70k submissions have been posted to the hashtags #pillowchallenge and #quarantinepillowchallenge on Instagram. The challenge was created by Swedish influencers and style bloggers Nelli and Forteisfashion who began posting pictures of themselves wearing pillowcase dresses on April 5. These two accounts have nearly 380k followers between them, so the popularity of their trend is no surprise.
9. Until Tomorrow Challenge
As large swathes of the world’s population have been told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are finding creative ways to pass the time while being quarantined. Among these is the Until Tomorrow Challenge, which has started to trend on social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.
The Until Tomorrow Challenge is a viral Instagram fad that involves users sharing embarrassing, unflattering or funny photos and captioning them with the phrase “until tomorrow,” without any other context. The challenge has become very popular, with over two million posts using the hashtag #untiltomorrow on Instagram at its peak.
To take part in the Until Tomorrow Challenge, users simply post a silly or embarrassing photo of themselves with the caption “until tomorrow” and then leave it up for 24 hours on their Instagram profile. After that, the original poster sends a direct message to anyone who supposedly liked their photo, asking them to post their own Until Tomorrow photo and leaving it up for 24 hours too.
This has created a lot of confusion and ire on Twitter, with many users voicing their distaste for the challenge. Others have even threatened to delete their Instagram accounts if they keep seeing any more Until Tomorrow challenges.
While the Until Tomorrow Challenge is a fun way to distract from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not for everyone. Some people are confused by the challenge and refuse to participate, while others have posted funny memes about it on Twitter.
For those who don’t want to participate in the Until Tomorrow Challenge, there are still other hilarious and cringe-worthy options. One of the most popular is the Until Tomorrow Pillow Challenge, where users post photos of themselves lying on an inflatable pillow and leave it up for 24 hours.
Another popular challenge is the Until Tomorrow Mannequin Challenge, where users can post photos of themselves in various awkward poses and leave them up for 24 hours. The mannequin challenge is especially popular in Europe, as it’s been around for years and has helped bring out the creativity of people.