Well-known people on social media have a knack for starting trends that inspire thousands of people to follow.
They’re the new celebrities of this generation, and like everyone who holds onto great power, there comes great responsibility.
The most recent social media trend is the “Tide Pod Challenge,” which has teenagers around the world risking their health for only 10 seconds of fame.
This isn’t the only bizarre challenge that health officials are warning kids not to follow.
Previous social media challenges involving cinnamon, Mentos and Diet Coke, and the world’s hottest pepper have accumulated million of views on various social media platforms, but have resulted in many injuries.
For instance, the objective of the “Cinnamon Challenge” is to swallow a tablespoon of ground cinnamon within one minute. The problem here is that cinnamon is extremely dry, so the moment you put it in your mouth you’ll have to spit it out, which can damage the respiratory system.
source: ABC News
In 2015, The Onion published a satirical column about a child who wanted to eat a laundry detergent pod because it looked like candy. Two years later, College Humor shared a video of a man eating an bowl of laundry pods before he was transported to the emergency room.
The “Tide Pod Challenge” is now the latest trend that’s going to land teenagers in the emergency room.
Teenagers are popping detergent pods in their mouth and biting down on the seal until it releases the colored liquid soap or powdered detergent.
Check out these high school girls chasing vodka with Tide pods.
Some are putting these pods in frying pans and cooking them before consuming them.
Edible Tide pod recipes are also circulating around the internet.
BREAKING: Someone on Tumblr has come up with an edible tide pod recipe pic.twitter.com/opiIZzgDk4
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 9, 2018
While children have mistaken these detergent pods for candy in the past, teenagers are fully aware that these are potentially dangerous.
Doctors are warning that consuming these concentrated amounts of chemicals can result in diarrhea and vomiting. If the fluid or powder makes its way into the lungs, it can damage the respiratory tract, or even result in death.
“Our laundry packs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they’re used safely in millions of households every day. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke,” Tide’s parent company Procter & Gamble issued a statement.
Here’s a compilation of teenagers participating in the challenge.