The challenge to break the skull is the new dangerous viral trend
Occasionally, a trend becomes viral in social networks and most of the time it is life threatening. The latest viral trend is the challenge of breaking the skull. In this challenge, three people stand side by side and the one in the middle (without noticing the joke) is asked to jump. As soon as the person jumps, the other two kick their legs, causing the person to land on their head and back. The videos of the joke, which take stupidity to a whole new level, are circulating widely on social networks, understandably worried parents. The authorities in Indonesia and Thailand have already warned citizens not to challenge them.n In the desire to gain influence and become viral, people have often neglected common sense and taken such challenges, which have resulted in injuries and sometimes even death. Here is a summary of all the viral challenges of recent years.
Blue Whale Challenge
This challenge encouraged users to perform certain tasks and eventually commit suicide. Since 2016, several cases of suicide, self-harm and suicide attempts were reported worldwide that were related to this challenge. In 2017, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India asked Internet providers to remove all links that led users to the challenge. This was after Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra reported suicides related to the challenge.
Videos of people doing the viral Kiki challenge took the internet by storm in 2018. In this challenge, people would get out of a moving car, keep the door open and dance beside the slow-moving vehicle. The dance challenge was based on Drake's 'In My Feelings' hit song. Authorities in various countries including India had to issue warnings to people to not try the challenge since it is a safety hazard. There were various reports of people getting injured while doing the challenge, including one from Iowa where a teenager landed in the ICU after falling while performing the viral challenge.
(left) The viral Kiki challenge , (right) Kiki challenge goes wrong
Exit or penny challenge
This social media challenge involves people who partially insert the tips of the charger into an outlet and then insert a coin or penny into the space with the aim of causing sparks. The challenge caused fires and short circuits in several schools and houses in the United States and the United Kingdom. While there have been no reports of any injured person, two teenagers faced charges of attempted arson and malicious property damage in the United Kingdom.
Bird Box Challenge
The trend arose after people became obsessed with a thriller of the same name. This challenge saw people doing daily tasks blindfolded. As if it no longer seemed dangerous, a teenager in Utah took the challenge too far when she decided to drive blindfolded and crashed her car. She was injured and faced charges for reckless driving. The OTT platform where the film was released issued a warning to viewers that doing this risky challenge could result in hospitalization.
While this may not be a challenge on social networks, but attempts to gather more successes and likes on social networks performing dangerous stunts on moving trains or railways is another dangerous trend that has existed for a while. In 2017, we reported that the daring selfies of the young people and the stunt videos with trains led the authorities to take action against them. Three years later, madness refuses to die. On February 18, the Ministry of Railways tweeted a video of a man trying to record a trick on a moving train and narrowly escaped death. The ministry urged people not to try such activities.
Capture of a video tweeted by the Ministry of Railways on February 18 urging people not to try stunts on tracks and trains