Didn’t think it could get worse than the Tide Pod Challenge? Think again.
Now, videos are being made of people putting their arms on red hot, electric stove coils.
The video begins with a guy showing his buddy the hot coil of the stove. Then he goes into it full force, clenching his fist in preparation to bend his arm and place his forearm directly on the red hot coil. He begins screaming.
Still screaming, his friend replies it’s “pretty cool.” Before the video ends, you can see a pretty bad burn mark.
According to a forum post describing the video:
“This is not a one-off as another video on YouTube also has the title of hot plate challenge. This video starts with the “Betbros” saying they are taking part in the challenge and are going to put their hands on the hot cooker ring. They talk about it making people famous but do say not to try it at home. In this case, it is an electric cooker, and they are seen timing each other as to how long they can keep their hand on the plate when it turned on. In this case both men take their hands off the cooker ring in seconds before their hands are severely burned; however, it is still a stupid thing to do.”
Has this always been what a certain demographic or percentage of people do? Take for instance, the 2000’s MTV show “Jackass.” Think about the culture of the people who did stunts in that show. Hasn’t that type of person always existed?
It seems like there always have been, and always will be people who are willing to do such things as the Tide Pod Challenge or this allegedly popular Hot Coil Challenge. People talking about how stupid a challenge is only increases its popularity.
You know how people’s behavior changes if they are being watched? That effect is happening on a society-wide scale right now, and it’s been about 10 strong years of social media now. Now, everyone is becoming acutely aware of dumb challenges like this, and that effect even further increases their popularity sometimes.
We’re still getting used to the society-wide social changes brought about by social media. They will pass. Not as many people probably decide to burn themselves on electric stoves as these videos may imply.
Not as many people probably actually ate or vaporized tide pods as were claimed, either. However the people who did do the Tide Pod Challenge certainly found a dramatic, dangerous way to make headlines.