The newest “dumb thing kids are doing now” challenge may have only gone viral because of the parents afraid of it. The condom challenge — videos that show teens snorting condoms up their noses and pulling them through their throats — has been trending as of late… but may actually be old news.
The actual videos date back t0 2013, with some as early as 2007. The challenge, hailed as a “parents worst nightmare” and the “latest dangerous social media trend”, resurfaced after a workshop given to parents in San Antonio, Texas on drugs and dangerous trends was covered by a local news outlet. That one story later made national headlines and inspired overreaching headlines from the likes of Newsweek, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Sacramento Bee that claimed the trend had come “back again.”
YouTube has even been attacked for serving as a platform for these ridiculous and sometimes dangerous challenges, but as for the condom-snorting challenge, there are very few videos actually on the site.
As for recent additions to the trend, the latest videos were uploaded more than 5 years ago.
The frenzy over the “trend” is most likely fueled by other “Gen Z Youtube hacks” like videos of teens eating Tide Pods. Whether the Tide Pods fad was one of a kind, it’s safe to say the only people who have made inhaling condoms a trend are panicked parents.