Social media has been a game-changer in the way we communicate and share information, but with its growing popularity, it has also become a breeding ground for dangerous and often life-threatening challenges. From the Fire Challenge to the Tooth Filing Challenge, these seemingly harmless trends can have devastating consequences. In this article, we explore 10 of the most dangerous social media challenges that have taken the internet by storm. Get ready to be shocked and appalled by the lengths people will go for a few likes and views.

1. The Fire Challenge

This is an insanely dangerous one where the unfortunate participant applies flammable materials and liquids to their body and sets it ablaze with the hopes of getting clicks and likes on Social Media. This challenge is very fatal due to the increased chances of severe burns and organ damage. It has almost resulted in the loss of life of many clout-chasing human beings.

2. Tide Pods

This trend encouraged people to consume Tide Pods, which are a laundry detergent containing high levels of dangerous chemicals which are quite harmful to the human body. There was an incident of a young adult who consumed 3 tide pods, which nearly resulted in the destruction of his digestive system and he ended up being hospitalized for a while. Good thing the trend died out or more unsuspecting kids and teens would probably try drinking Tide Pods again.

3. Car Surfing

Car surfing is just as ill-advised and dangerous as the name sounds. This outrageous challenge involves participants lying on the top of a moving vehicle with no safety precautions. It is usually popular among teenagers. This risky idea has resulted in numerous fatal accidents and severe head injuries to both the participants and even to other drivers and passengers.

4. Benadryl Challenge

Yep if it sounds scary already, that’s because it is. If you don’t know, Benadryl is a drug used to treat symptoms of allergies. For the Benadryl Challenge, people consume an absurd amount of Benadryl in order to trigger hallucination, which is one of the side effects. It’s essentially people just overdosing on camera for extra attention, but it's a dangerous idea with very serious potential side-effects.

5. Penny Challenge

The penny challenge was very popular on TikTok back in the day. It was a dangerous challenge where you would plug a penny pressed with your charger in a live socket. The challenge first originated when a young girl asked Alexa for a challenge to do. Alexa gave her this less-than-safe response, “Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs.” Sounds like a recipe for disaster if you ask us.

6. Tooth Filing Challenge

This absurd challenge gained a lot of popularity on TikTok. It involved using nail files to file down your teeth in order to “make them even” This absolutely horrified Dentists as you could easily damage the nerves and blood vessels there. Some called it the stupidest trend of the Lockdown Era.

7. Salt Challenge

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Participants of this seemingly harmless challenge would hide a tablespoon of salt in someone else’s food in other to prank them while they eat it. But swallowing large amounts of salt quickly can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is a dangerous prank, and we don't recommend you try it.

8. The Nutmeg Challenge

Some of the Europeans reading this probably think this has something to do with Football, but no it doesn’t. This challenge saw people on the internet swallowing nutmeg in order to get high. This was popular among Teenagers as most of them couldn’t legally obtain other substances. Nutmegs contain Myristicin which, when taken in large amounts, leads to nausea, stomach pain, blurred vision, vomiting, increased heart rate, and seizures.

9. Blackout Challenge

This challenge gave the world a showcase of just how uneducated about safety some kids and teens really are. In the challenge, social media users were encouraged to hold their breath until they pass out completely. This is quite dangerous and could lead to brain injury. It was also known as the pass-out challenge.

10. Nyquil Chicken Challenge

The FDA has issued a warning against a challenge that involves pouring NyQuil cold and flu medication over chicken and cooking it, claiming it to be a protein-rich cure for colds. The FDA described the challenge as both unappetizing and potentially hazardous, stating that boiling medication can increase its concentration and alter its properties.

It's important to remember that even though social media challenges can be fun, you should always be careful of your own health and safety. These dangerous trends are not only foolish but also life-threatening. It's crucial to prioritize our well-being and avoid engaging in challenges that could have dangerous or potentially fatal consequences. Let's keep social media fun and safe for everyone.

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