By Robert Francis Curtis,
Recently, several news outlets have been reported about a viral trend known as “The Condom Snorting Challenge.” Allegedly, teens are taking to the internet to post videos of themselves unrolling a condom, snorting through their nose and pulling it out of their mouth. If this viral trend is true, it carries with it a great deal of danger.
This is not the first dangerous, and often disgusting, internet challenge to have parents worried and teenagers vying for social media fame with moronic stunts. Most recently, the Tide pod challenge made the national headline. This challenge saw teenagers eating Tide detergent laundry pods as though they were candy. This, of course, made many teenagers sick from poisoning. Similarly, this new challenge can have potentially damaging consequences to a person’s health and could even be fatal. To put it simply, it’s a choking hazard.
Sometimes, these new internet challenges seem so unthinkable that they cannot possibly be true. A quick chronological search of Youtube for “condom snorting challenge” will show that this trend isn’t even new. It has been around since 2013 although, its popularity has died down considerably since. In fact, most new videos on the popular video-sharing site relating to the “condom snorting challenge” are people responding to the recent news coverage. Very few are actually still doing the challenge.
This does not dismiss the fact that some young people are still snorting condoms through their noses. Condoms are meant to be used as protection during sexual activity.