Every generation of teens finds new and exciting ways to disgust and worry the adults around them. The current generation, however, is outdoing itself. First it was eating Tide pods. Then some other fad hit the internet, and everybody had to do it. Now, teens are snorting new condoms, breathing in, and then pulling them out of their mouths.
Altogether now, EWWW!
Like other viral fads, this one has been around for years but is just now catching fire on social media, mostly via YouTube.
Of course, just like all other fads that have caught wind among the kids, this one has it’s fair share of dangers involved.
Anything that goes up one’s nose “can damage the sensitive inner lining of your nose, cause an allergic reaction, or result in an infection,” wrote Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a column for Forbes.
“The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke,” he added…
“Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful,” Lee wrote. “Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?”
Throw in deviated septums, nasal polyps and other previously undetected blockages, and the kiddies really could do some major damage to their nasal passages, and breathing apparatus.
Why teens are so hell bent on finding new and increasingly dangerous ways to drive their elders up a wall is an age-old question. However, it might be a good idea for parents to consider that some of this might be more than just being young and stupid. Modern life pits the young against the old, and assures that teenagers, in particular, have a lot of unsupervised time on their hands.
Maybe it’s time to think about changing that.