Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Condom challenge: All you need to know about the social media trend

Condom challenge: All you need to know about the social media trend

In case the Tide Pod challenge wasn't bizarre/dangerous enough, another viral video challenge is taking its place in the spotlight: the "condom challenge". Although the first isn't exactly a good idea, the second is the one that poses a choking hazard, and is now raising major health concerns. Then what? You reach back and pull it from your mouth.

If you search YouTube, the only new videos mentioning the challenge are news reports saying that it's the latest internet trend. Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers.

According to Forbes contributor and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bruce Y. Lee, sniffing a rubber tube up your nose and trying to pull it out of your mouth poses some serious risks, not the least of which is choking.

'As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.

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YouTube is working to remove all challenge videos. Not only is it an immediate choking hazard, but condoms can also get stuck and cause more long-term damage. Texas education specialist Stephen Enriquez told Fox News affiliate KABB-TV that these bad decisions were fueled by a desire to get more views and likes on social media.

Another woman developed pneumonia after accidentally swallowing a condom according to a report in an Indian medical journal from 2004. The challenge is extremely unsafe and even caught the attention of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which warned about the risks of social media craze. Pieces of condoms have been found lodged in the lungs and the appendix.

The more likely reason was publicity surrounding a phenomenon that had gone viral a few months earlier, the so-called "Tide pod challenge", which triggered safety warnings from poison control experts and led to a ban on videos of people eating laundry detergent.

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