In today’s era, all kinds of trends can go viral with instant Internet access. This characteristic has many positive points, but the other side of the coin can also be terrible because social networks often help to transmit dangerous practices. This is the case of this challenge recently appeared on the Tik Tok platform, the dangers of which have been relayed by Europe 1 .
The culture of farce certainly does not date from yesterday, it is even very old and has its roots in the origins of humor itself. Several jokes have gone around the world like those published by the BBC in 1957 and in which people were taught to grow a “spaghetti tree”.
In reality, it is completely normal to try to joke with others to relax the mood or share a moment of laughter. However, it happens that some people indulge in dangerous pranks, failing to take into consideration the danger that they could involve for the person who will pay the price. This is all the more true in the digital world in which we live since the slightest joke is likely to turn into a viral movement on the Web, thus resulting in a significant number of victims.
The “Skull Breaker Challenge”
TikTok is an application on which more and more young people are sharing video clips with their friends. And among the latest trends that have flourished on the platform, we find the “Skull Breaker Challenge”, in French the “skull breaker challenge”. As Dr. Jimmy Mohamed explains, “The challenge is to blow up three people standing in a line. While the person in the middle is in the air, the other two kick him in the legs to make him fall by surprise. ”
Many clips ended badly because of this joke, often leading to a trip to the emergency room for these adolescents oblivious to the repercussions of their actions. In fact, according to the expert, the latter involves a risk of head trauma or concussion that can induce a hemorrhage. The doctor also points out certain symptoms which can last from a week to 10 days or even spread over longer periods if the person does not recover enough. Among them, memory loss, headaches, difficulty concentrating, coordination and balance disorders as well as a heightened sensitivity to light.
Valérie Hudson is the mother of one of the victims of this challenge. Her son fell back and hit his head against the sidewalk. While trying to get up, the latter lost consciousness by falling back this time forward and landing on his face. This fall will result in head injuries, stitches and fairly serious cuts to the mouth.
Another trapped teenage girl, Kathleen DeJesus, will even experience temporary paralysis following this terrible incident: “I thought I was going to die. I was paralyzed, completely numb, I fell and I had a concussion… I no longer felt my feet or my hands, nothing, ”she says describing her accident .
The downside of this trend is just as alarming
Practicing pranks with friends is far more popular than you might think, and it is perfectly normal, as long as it remains in a friendly and benevolent spirit. Unfortunately, the consequences can be devastating when these jokes target dangerous practices for the sole purpose of gaining the attention of Internet users.
The “Skull Breaker Challenge” is not the first challenge to involve significant risks for its victims. Recently, the “Shell Challenge” has also aroused the concern of the French authorities because it consisted of consuming food with their packaging or their peel and of publishing this “exploit” on social networks, explains Le Parisien. In addition to the risks of swallowing the pesticides present on certain fruits and vegetables, plastics can also put adolescents in a dangerous situation due to the presence of bisphenol A or vinyl chloride which would have been associated with certain cancers, underlines Dr. Max Plitt at the New York Post .
Communication with parents is crucial in this context to educate the youngest on the risks associated with such challenges. It is recommended to establish healthy and transparent discussions with adolescents to distance them from these dangers and make them more vigilant in their choices of entertainment.