Trendy social media challenges, such as TikTok Dry Scooping Challenge, may result in serious injuries or even death among young subscribers.
Other dangerous social media challenges are The Blackout Challenge and Benadryl Challenge. It is crucial for parents and guardians to understand why social media challenges strongly appeal to young subscribers and their role in the advent of these dangerous challenges.
Here are the potentially dangerous TikTok Challenges:
Dry Scooping Challenge
This challenge involves the intake of raw pre-workout powder without dissolving it in water. An online influencer started the challenge on TikTok. Later on, many teens followed suit. The powder consists of performance-boosting ingredients like caffeine, creatine, vitamin Bs, amino acids, and beta-alanine.
A high intake of these ingredients can lead to increased pulse rate and an increased risk of a serious heart attack. Professional fitness trainers and medical researchers urge the public to dilute the pre-workout powder with water and adhere to the recommended scooping amount before consumption.
The Blackout Challenge
The challenge has been in existence for years, but it has become increasingly popular due to the widespread usage of the TikTok platform. It involves participants asphyxiating themselves or holding their breath until they become unconscious. Consequently, participants have a high risk of developing lifelong injuries or even death while doing this challenge. A 12-year boy died after participating in the challenge.
This new TikTok challenge urges viewers to consume large amounts of common allergy drugs to get high.
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is an example of these common allergy medications. High intake of Benadryl results in serious problems, such as seizures and increased pulse rate.
Participating in these social media challenges while driving amounts to distracted driving and can result in a serious car accident. A person injured in an accident caused by a driver who was doing a social media challenge can file a claim to recover damages.
Why Do Social Media Challenges Appeal to Young Subscribers?
The prefrontal cortex, a brain segment responsible for rational thought, matures in the mid-20s. This implies teens are more impulsive and rarely think through a process before taking an action. Social media challenges create an impulsive environment to attract young subscribers who usually fear missing out on viral challenges.
Teens can suffer serious injuries or even get killed while doing dangerous social media challenges. Parents must equip their youngsters with essential skills like rational thinking and risk assessment. They should strive to understand activities happening in their teens’ preferred social media platforms. They can ask thought-provoking questions to encourage their child to perform a risk assessment before taking part in a potentially dangerous challenge.