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Teenage trends continue to reach new heights of absurdity

Video posted on TikTok where multiple teen boys go into a public bathroom and proceed to scream as loud as they can.
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Video posted on TikTok where multiple teen boys go into a public bathroom and proceed to scream as loud as they can.

As the collective intelligence of teenagers takes a nosedive over the past few years, TikTok and Instagram trends seem to get more and more dangerous. 

 

It is no secret that teenagers tend to pursue ridiculous stunts and actions for attention, but with social media growing ever more prevalent in our communities, we see a platform that gets created that encourages this behavior.

 

For example,an uptrend of  videos are popping up on sites like youtube which showcase a group of boys going into a public bathroom and screaming as loud as possible. “I love watching those videos, those dudes just straight up start screeching in the middle of a Walmart” said Senior Suleman Chaudhry while watching one of those videos.

 

With a growing teenage audience that continue to support these types of rash and obnoxious videos, it is unlikely that there will be a decline in “Screaming in a public bathroom prank” videos anytime soon

 

It’s not only the obnoxious pranks that are on the rise, more dangerous and life threatening actions have been spurred on like “Throwing up fake gang signs in the hood” type of videos make a comeback.

 

People doing this have not only put themselves  in life threatening scenarios, but also directly angered several populations in places such as Compton, Chicago, and Detroit. These people looking to cause a scene go out into gang populated areas and make a complete target of themselves for views and a few laughs. “It’s just not worth it, the views you get are not worth the hospital bills” comments Senior Jesse Mimms reviewing the aforementioned videos.  

 

Mimms makes a great point on these types of content, pranks have escalated from eating hazardous chemicals or public disruption to actively provoking reactions from dangerous individuals that have lifetime consequences. But it’s hard to see these consequences when these people are only getting more and more views for their content, potentially making millions of the mild amusement of people watching these videos.

 

The attention they receive, either negative or positive, just seems to spur teen channels like TopNotchIdiots, and Kjsmooth, who seem to be degrading into either fake or more dangerous content. Not even the criticism seems to faze these people, and the only option to help these trends die out is to simply ignore and click off these types of videos. “Anytime I see some dumb prank channel on my feed, I click on the 3 dots to the side and select Not Interested, hopefully they won’t show up again” describes Mimms on how to help kill these channels.

 

No matter how many articles or videos people make to expose these trends, the only way to truly bring this to an end is to turn around and ignore them.



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Aedan Burkhart, Photo Manager
As of 2023-2024, Aedan Burkhart is a senior at Pleasant Valley High School and works as the photo manager of the Spartan Shield. He deeply enjoys cooking whether it be for himself or his family and friends, and is always looking for new recipes and meals to try out. When he’s not cooking at home, you can usually find him out playing dek hockey at the Crow Creek Park in the D6 dek league. In order to fund his usual activities and hobbies, Aedan is currently employed at the Chick Fil a branch at the Northpark Mall, where he is actively striving for employee of the month for that 50 cent pay raise. And if he isn’t currently working hard cooking, working, or playing, he also loves going out to malls and lunches with his friends to spend all of his hard earned money. But last and certainly not least, Aedan will also now find himself busy with helping to manage the legendary Spartan Shield newspaper!  
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