Finally, the Tide Pod challenge is safely out of our hair. But, as the laws of nature mandate, a new challenge must take its place. That challenge is the deodorant challenge.
CBS Connecticut says this trend is just as dangerous as the Tide Pod Challenge, too. This online trend challenges kids to spray a can of aerosol deodorant on their arm for as long as possible. If you make it to the end of the can, you win.
But, the deodorant challenge isn’t as easy as one would think. Actually, it’s pretty painful.
One mother says the challenge left her daughter with severe burns. As of now, the girl might need a skin graft to completely heal.
Jamie Prescott says her 15-year-old daughter’s friends made her do the stunt. She claims her friends convinced Ellie to stick out her arm and hold it while they sprayed her.
“Apparently, when they asked her to put out her arm she did it but she had no idea of the consequences and hadn’t even heard of The Deodorant Challenge before that point. Since then other children have asked her what is wrong with her arm and when she has told them, they have then replied that they have also had it done to them and showed her their scars.”
Within 24 hours, the skin on her arm blistered up and, upon further inspection, turned out to be second degree burns.
So why did a can of deodorant cause such a severe burn?
It’s not the chemicals in the can itself, but the method of spraying that actually does the harm. The spray cools once it comes into contact with the skin. Extensive exposure will inevitably result in frostbite. So, the longer the spray, the worse the damage.
The whole point of the deodorant challenge is to see just how long someone can endure being sprayed.
So, just like the Tide Pod challenge, this fad is pretty dangerous. Sure, not as dangerous as actively ingesting poison, but as Taylor Swift once said, it’ll leave you with a nasty scar. A permanent one, mind you.
The deodorant challenge surfaced about four years ago, but it slowly picked up in popularity over the years.
Now that it’s no longer cool to eat tide pods or snort condoms, teens elevated this challenge to the pedestal.
But, is this proof that this generation is filled to the brim with morons? No. Once again, this is a prime example of kids being kids.
Kids do dumb things because, honestly, they think they’re being funny and cool. Add the desire to become popular on the Internet, and we have a perfect storm of viral challenges.
Look, baby boomers sniffed glue as a kid because it got them high. Baby boomers also enraged the silent generation by sticking Rickie Tickie Stickers on cars.
Then, my generation beat each other senseless with slap bracelets and invented the cinnamon challenge.
The generation in between? They started the choking game and tried asphyxiating each other for a laugh.
So, no, kids aren’t getting dumber. They’re doing what they always did – which is try to be funny/popular/cool at their own expense. So, keep moving along, people. Nothing to see here.
But if you do have a teen who might want to partake in this deodorant challenge, show them the gnarly after-photos before hand because it’ll be your insurance paying to treat those burns. Seriously, nothing’s wrong with sitting your kid down and going over the dangers of a particular viral trend.
Arm them with what they need to know and, well, if they go ahead and do it – you have the “I told you so” moment. And then you can call them an idiot.
Anyways, here’s the now-viral post Prescott made about her daughter. I know you’re dying to see just how bad those scars on her daughter’s arm are.