Social Media Challenges Are Heading off the Rails

Social Media Challenges Are Heading off the Rails

TikTok and Sleepy Chicken

Cristal M Clark 

It would seem that every time I turn around I am hearing about a new TikTok Challenge only this one is not so new, it first appeared back in 2017 on a 4chan board and it’s been on TikTok since around 2020 only recently just taking off.  

In what was supposed to be a funny joke, users were cooking chicken in NyQuil and now it has become a challenge which in turn has caused the FDA to issue a warning about the dangers of cooking food in medications. 

On the 15th the FDA issued the following warning: “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways. Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapours while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs.”

Whilst on Twitter the NyQuil account was urging common sense in response to tweets about the Sleepy Chicken challenge. 

Really, who the fuck would want to try this nonsense? The bigger question would be why even ask after The Tide Pod Challenge, The Milk Crate Challenge, The Throw it in the Air Challenge, The Fire Mirror Challenge, The Orbeez Shooting Challenge, The Blackout Challenge, The Penny Challenge, one of the most dangerous would be The Benadryl Challenge, not to mention The Angel of Death Challenge a while ago. 

To be quite honest whilst some of the videos for all of the TikTok Challenges can be amusing, they are for the most part extremely ill thought out and quite dangerous. The reality comes down to common sense here, these challenges are not meant for anyone’s safety. 

As for TikTok well, incidentally, it now directs people who search “NyQuil chicken” to a page talking about how to assess any social-media challenge. And that, well that is too little too late. 

Cristal M Clark

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