On Saturday, Forbes reported that youngsters have apparently decided to snort condoms as part of a social media challenge to “demonstrate to everyone that you have absolutely no proper judgment.”
According to Forbes, one wishing to participate in this challenge would “unwrap a new condom (because a used condom would be even worse) inhale it up one nostril and then try to pull it out through your pharynx and mouth, all the while filming it to then post the video on YouTube or some other social media platform.”
According to Forbes:
This “Condom Challenge” is actually not new and has been around for a number of years, because stupidity doesn’t go away that easily. Back in 2013, Alex Alvarez wrote for ABC News about how a YouTube video uploaded in June 2007 showed the act and how the Challenge may have gotten more attention when YouTuber “Savannah Strong” posted on April 8, 2013, a video of her snorting a condom to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “22.”
Here’s what it looks like, in case you’re really interested:
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According to the New York Post, the challenge is understandably “striking fear into parents as teenagers record themselves dangerously snorting the rubbers and pulling them through their throats.”
Education specialist Stephen Enriquez explained the reason for this insanity.
“Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers,” he said. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them.”
“I had never seen that before, so that was really a shock to me,” parent Debbie Miller said.
Writing at Forbes, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee warned: “The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke.”
And that’s not all. He added:
Take a look at a case report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences entitled “Accidental condom inhalation,” which distinguishes it from deliberate condom inhalation, which is basically the “Condom Snorting Challenge.” The case report detailed the tribulations of a 27-year-old woman who performed oral sex on a man wearing a condom. The condom went down her trachea and into her lungs, blocked one of her airways, and resulted in pneumonia and a collapse of the right upper lobe of her lung. That would qualify as a bad oral sex experience.
Then there’s the case report in the Journal of Medical Case Reports of a 26-year old woman who accidentally swallowed a condom (again, with the emphasis on the word accidentally) during oral sex and then subsequently developed appendicitis because a fragment of the condom lodged inside her appendix. While this does not necessarily mean that you should panic if you accidentally swallow a condom (because you may just eventually poop it out), it does strongly suggest that you should not deliberately inhale or swallow a condom.
He also noted that the act of inhaling a condom could be quite painful and uncomfortable. Is it worth all that to get more likes and views, he wondered.
“Welcome to 2018. Who knew that teens would need to be told not to use condoms?” he concluded.
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