The Four Most Dangerous Social Media Fads

Every day, it seems like the social media gods order their minions to perform something new for their amusement. Some manage to do some good, like the Ice Bucket Challenge and its donations to ALS research, but most are odd and sometimes even dangerous. Here are four that you should not try:


This fad from the 2010’s entered the spotlight when a group of nurses were suspended for engaging in the act, which involves lying out flat on anything that will support you, like a table, railing, etc. It got extremely popular on social media; the Puije Girls from Taiwan earned over 100,000 followers. However, since everyone was doing it, people started planking in more and more dangerous places to get attention. At least one person died after attempting to plank on a 7th-floor balcony.


To “Batman,” you hang upside down by your feet on a door frame, railing, etc in imitation of a sleeping bat. It started spreading on social media in 2011 and people asked whether it would replace planking. However, it’s harder than planking, and therefore more dangerous. Most videos of people attempting Batmanning ended with falls.


Kylie Jenner Challenge

Kylie Jenner, one of the biggest social media stars, is known for her lips. To imitate the look, which is no doubt created by cosmetic fillers, people would stick their lips in a glass jar and suck the air, creating a vacuum. The pressure causes your lips to become temporarily “plumped,” but it can be dangerous. First, the glass can break, cutting your face. Also, that “plumping” is the result of inflamed blood vessels, which can break. Many who’ve tried it report pain and pigmentation that lasts a few days.

Tide Pod Challenge

This trend probably got more coverage than it was due, but the fact that anyone was doing it is shocking. For the Tide Pod challenge, people eat the gel detergent, which are already risky to have around because they resemble candy, and toddlers can get confused. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that consuming soap is a bad idea. Poison control centers reported receiving around 12,000 calls regarding the problem.

Planking photo by: Chris Breikss