Dangerous TikTok Trends

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Chia Chang, Staff Writer

TikTok has been around for quite some time, and it’s pretty safe to say that the app is one of the biggest and most well-known social media platforms out there. According to the app, it has been installed over 2 billion times. In just the US alone, there are 50 million people who use the app daily and around 100 million monthly users. According to CNBC, that is “up nearly 800% percent from Jan. 2018,” the year TikTok started becoming more popular in the US.

Technology today has allowed many to access content and interact with people they wouldn’t have been able to meet just decades ago. With social media, people worldwide can share pretty much anything with each other at the cost of . . . well, nothing. And because TikTok is such a well-known platform, many join the app to do exactly this.

We can all agree that social media, specifically TikTok, has made a positive impact on a lot of people’s lives. However, as great as TikTok has been, some not-so-great things have still trended on the app. There have been trends and “challenges” where people have put their lives and the lives of others in danger just to get some likes and followers; the number of people who reenact these risky TikTok “challenges” is astonishing.

The “Challenges”

Sometime in 2019, a trend named the “bright eye challenge” was going around on TikTok. The challenge involved mixing a concoction consisting of “hand sanitizer, bleach, shaving cream and jelly” in a plastic bag and then “holding it against your eye for ‘about a minute,’ claiming it will alter eye colour.” Anyone in their right mind would not even think about doing this, yet many people took part. A clinical advisor from the Royal College of Optometrists stated that doing this could possibly damage the eyesight.

Another challenge that was popular on TikTok was called the “blackout challenge.” This challenge “dares participants to choke themselves until they pass out for several seconds.” This challenge is incredibly dangerous, and experts have said that attempting this trend could lead to “fainting, brain damage and seizures.” Just earlier this year, a 10-year-old girl from Italy attempted the challenge and tragically died.

This article is not intended to scare people or demonize TikTok or anyone who uses the app, but instead serves as a reminder to be careful and not attempt any dangerous acts or “challenges” that you may see on the platform, and instead, report them.

Conclusion

To conclude, this is not to say that these are the only things that happen on TikTok. There are so many platforms out there that have their goods and bads, some of them worse than others. Because TikTok is such a large and well-known app, it has been facing controversy due to these dangerous trends. It also makes one wonder about all the not-so-well-known apps out there and the bad things that could be happening on those apps without our knowledge.