Leave it to teenagers to stick condoms up their noses instead of on their penises. What a time to be alive, amiright?
If you’ve glanced at social media in the past day or two, you’ve more than likely come across viral videos depicting teenagers snorting condoms as part of a so-called “condom snorting challenge.” Yes, you read that right and regrettably, this is not a late April Fool’s joke.
I can’t even fathom where this idea originated or what other substances were snorted before Johnny hatched this most un-brilliant of plans. Oh, look at that condom collecting dust underneath my bed. I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to do with this thing than to inhale it through my nostrils until it’s birthed out of my mouth.
Then what happened? It spread like wildfire, as teens everywhere are jumping on this latest craze, running to social media to post videos of themselves sniffing condoms while the rest of us are left scratching our heads and asking, Why?
The most logic, simplistic answer is for attention. Despite the health hazards, teens are jumping on the latest craze to get more attention on social media, news station KABB-TV reported.
“Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers,” Stephen Enriquez, a Texas-based health educator, told the station. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.”
Besides advising against this, because it’s moronic in its most basic form, it actually can be dangerous. USAToday reports that snorting condoms could potentially damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection. Not to mention a condom could get stuck in the nasal cavity or the throat, causing someone to choke.
Although this latest trend may be new to most of us, it dates back to at least 2007 and gained traction in 2013, resulting from a since-deleted YouTube video. The rest is history.
Call me unoriginal, but no one asked for this. We are all pleading with you to stop. Better yet, do us a favor and use these condoms for their intended purpose, because if your participation in this “challenge” is directly proportionate to how stupid you are, I think it’s best we don’t have mini yous running around in the near future.
As we learned with other viral crazes, such as the Cinnamon and Tide Pod Challenges, this too shall pass – but I think we all agree, it won’t be soon enough.