Got some teens at home? Here’s something you should be aware of: a new social media challenge has gone viral. This one involves a condom.
The condom challenge involves filling up a latex condom with water and then getting it dropped on your head. The results are… well, take a look:
While it’s amusing for a moment, like the Kylie Jenner challenge and the planking challenge, it can get dangerous. Since the condom covers the nose and mouth, it can cause suffocation. Latex does not break easily. Also, there’s a risk of inhaling small pieces of latex, lubricant and spermicide that can cause infection and irritation in airways. Though there have not been any reported accidents with the challenge thus far, there are real risks associated with it and “there are probably safer, smarter ways to spend one’s time”, according to Dr. Mark Reiter of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
* Not to confuse this with an equally – no – even more ridiculous past ‘Condom Challenge’, which involved inhaling a condom through your nose and pulling it out through your mouth. Yes, you heard that right.