From eating cereal out of someone’s mouth to the famous silhouette challenge, we have seen how quickly TikTok trends can go viral.
But even though some challenges can be fun and fairly safe to take part in there are others that are extremely cringey and even dangerous.
One of the earlier challenges on the video-sharing app was called the ’skull breaker’. This would involve two people kicking the legs from under a third person, making them fall over on their back.
What started as a ’funny’ prank led to some serious injuries and in some cases the police had to get involved.
According to the BBC, two youngsters were charged with aggravated assault after taking part in the dangerous challenge. Parents were told not to let their children take part in it and eventually TikTok said they would remove the content completely from the platform.
Here are some other challenges that should have never become a thing.
Testicles taste buds challenge
We are starting this off on a really weird note… In this challenge men would be seen dipping their testicles into Soy Sauce, checking if their testicles have a sense of taste.
@alxjamesoh.. my god….. 🤭😳♬ original sound – Alx James
According to reports, the bizarre science experiment started after a TikTok user came across an article about a 2013 study that determined mice have a form of taste receptors in their testes. And just like that men wanted to see if their testicles had the same.
The cereal challenge
In this challenge, people would basically use someone’s mouth as a cereal bowl by laying them down and pouring cereal and milk into their mouth.
@omaraamoum_Tagga la prima persona che esce digitando la @.. farà colazione con te 🥛🥞 ##fyp ##perte ##cerealchallenge ##mouthbowl @enrylazza♬ original sound – Brent Rivera
This challenge could easily lead to choking especially once the person started laughing with a mouth full of cereal while laying down. Also, it’s a bit disgusting.
Teeth whitening challenge
There have been a number of teeth whitening methods that came from TikTok but one that caught the attention of most dentists was the one that featured hydrogen peroxide.
A user was seen adding 3% hydrogen peroxide directly onto their teeth, defending her actions by saying that most whitening strips included peroxide as the main ingredient anyway.
@clauds244I’m hungover so excuse the lack of enthusiasm #foryoupage #foryou #fyp #dentist #teeth #teethwhitening #advice♬ original sound – Claud✨
Dentists were quick to warn users against this ’hack’ by explaining the negative effects of bleaching your teeth. “Prolonged bleaching with these high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, especially when used multiple days in a row, can lead to highly irritated gums and sensitive teeth,” dentist and Waterpik spokesperson Chris Strandburg, told Health.
Kissing a friend challenge
This challenge gave us a serious case of third-party embarrassment. A user would randomly attempt to make a move on their best friend by kissing them. The whole thing would be awkward unless the best friend kissed the user back.
@shaniahrosePart 2… 🥺👉🏽👈🏽 ##kissingmybestfriend ##trending ##fyp ##viral ##foryou ##foryoupage ##australian ##oh♬ Surrender – Natalie Taylor
Toothpaste spit challenge
Just when you think things cannot get any more bizarre someone comes up with this challenge. In this one users (usually women) are seen brushing their teeth and spitting it out, which seems like a strange thing to document.
The song that goes with the challenge is Sex Talk by Megan Thee Stallion, and girls are seemingly doing the challenge to imitate explicit videos, which is definitely concerning since TikTok is full of impressionable young users.
As much as TikTok brings some much-needed entertainment to users of all ages, some of the challenges may not be appropriate for younger users.
The platform does however offer a restricted mode that tries to limit age-inappropriate content from appearing for children. Parents can set it up in Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Screen Time Management.
Adults, on the other hand, will just have to cringe their way through the For You page.
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