By Kaitlyn Nguyen
WARNING the following content may encourage risky behavior; thank you. Yes, you might be shocked that this is an actual challenge but this viral trend is sweeping the nation. It’s known as the Tide Pod challenge ...
It started from toddler eating Tide Pods thinking it’s candy to teens consuming it for views. In response, Tide Pods has been making ads with famous stars, responding to twitter problem, locking up their products, and potentially stopping the whole production value of Tide Pods. We all know that this is something that shouldn’t be done but why are teens so hooked on the trend?
This began as an accidental interaction with babies and toddlers and quickly progress with older viewers. Teens started to consume this product which causes controversy between the company and society itself. Tide Pods have even said “Our product is absolutely not to be consumed. Please, if you have, drink a glass or water or milk and center the poison control center (800-879-8433) or a doctor immediately.” Not caring about what Tide Pods has to say teen are still consuming the product or making “harmless” jokes. These “harmless” joke can start from photoshopping large brand product into Tide Pods snack or cooking inspired dishes with Tide Pods. If anything these “harmless” jokes are encouraging this trend it linger on and become bigger.
As the year starts there has been 39 incident since January 16th and then 86 as of January 22nd. This number continues to rise despite the effort of the company like Amazon, Target, Youtube, and more trying to lock up the content. Although this trend might bring attention and view it is causing serious health issue. These health issue can range from vomiting, drooling, and Esophageal injury. In addition, “Tide Pods can also cause the most obvious health issue which is death” said Sean Rodriguez.
Regretting of their action previous victims has said, “No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?” To add on, doctors have taken action by saying, “This viral stunt is unacceptable.” In conclusion, Tide Pod are something that should not be played with and should be only used for laundry.
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