Those who surf the Internet often turn and stumble face fashion and viral challenges. Although for a brief period, these contents are absolute success on social networks and often draw attention because they are fun and funny. Some of them, however, are quite strange and striking by their "bizarreness". such as ASMR videos, the "condom challenge" and lives mokbang, where people film themselves eating. In the following list, see seven bizarre fevers that circulated on the Internet.
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Employed since the 19th century, chiropractic is an alternative medicine technique that uses hands to diagnose, treat and prevent problems in the musculoskeletal system. The news, however, that watching chiropractic treatment videos has turned a fever on YouTube. The reason? Apparently, people like to hear the crackling that the spine produces during treatment.
Chiropractic Videos Are Fever on YouTube Photo: Playback / YouTube (I Want It)
Videos often follow the same script: The patient describes his problem to a chiropractor and lays on a stretcher. Then the practitioner begins to press down on the body regions where there is pain. At the end, the patient reports his impressions and experiences during the session.
In Brazil, one of the largest chiropractic channels is QuerQuiro, whose three most popular videos exceed the 8.6 million view mark. "Have a pain free and healthy life in a natural way with Chiropractic. Watch our videos and enjoy the pops," says the page description.
Videos teach "mewing" technique that promises to improve face shape with tongue trick Photo: Playback / YouTube (July Neptune)
Imagine perfecting the shape of your face with a trick as simple as flattening your tongue against the roof of your mouth. This promises mewing, one of the latest crazes on the Internet. Practitioners of the technique, which has taken over YouTube and Instagram, say it helps to shape the chin and align the top and bottom rows of teeth, as well as improve breathing and contribute to the relief of oral muscle pain.
The premise of mewing attracted many stakeholders. You can find video on YouTube like "Want to have an attractive face? Mewing: Correct your tongue posture" and "How I changed my facial bone structure with mewing." The mostly young authors of the contents show the progress of the transformation by comparing the before and after technique.
ASMR videos became fashionable on YouTube and Instagram in 2018. In this kind of content, usually sought after by those who want to relax, sleep or even relieve anxiety, you can see people kneading slime, chopping soaps or chewing crunchy food. In theory, the brain would "relax" after the stimulation caused by these images and sounds.
Brazilian Youtuber that makes ASMR videos has over 1 million subscribers in its channel Photo: Reproduo / YouTube (Sweet Carol)
However, scientific studies on the effectiveness of ASMR videos, which means Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (or Autonomous Sensory Response of the Meridian, in free translation), are still very incipient and there is no conclusive opinion on the possible sensations caused by the clips. Experiences may vary from person to person: while some feel no stimulation, others need a specific trigger.
On Instagram, there are more than 7.6 million posts tagged with the hashtag #asmr. The fashion for "mental orgasms" also continues to rise on YouTube, where there are a number of content produced by ASMRtists (fusion between the terms ASMR and artist), as they are called the stars of this niche, which is especially popular with teenagers.
Harlem Shake Challenge started as a joke from youtuber Filthy Frank and took over the Internet in 2013 Photo: Playback / YouTube (Filthy Frank)
Who doesn't remember the Harlem Shake phenomenon? In 2013, YouTube was seized by a series of videos where people were doing bizarre dances to the sound of Baauer's hit song Harlem Shake. Although the song was released in May 2012, it was in February of the following year that it exploded. It all started with a youtuber video Filthy Frank currently with over 61 million views in which costumed people dance to the beat of the music making sexually motive moves.
The meme spread rapidly over the Internet and was played by people around the world. But the viral didn't please everyone. In Australia, a group of miners was fired after posting a video on YouTube doing "crazy choreography" that turned the web into a fever. A similar case occurred in England, when a group of college students performed Harlem Shake in a library. The joke resulted in the dismissal of the librarian.
Condom challenge brings choking risk Photo: Reproduction / YouTube (rezendeevil)
The condom challenge (or condom challenge) gave the talk on social networks in 2015. The game was to throw a condom full of water on the head to prove the resistance of the latex. The videos were played by famous youtubers and were also popular on Instagram.
Although the goal of the challenge was to encourage condom use by showing how safe it is, the viral created polemic by bringing safety risks. This is because the latex of the condom has a very large capacity to extend and, if something goes wrong, can end up involving the whole head and suffocate.
Success in South Korea, mokbang videos show people eating Photo: Reproduction / YouTube ((Dorothy))
Among the bizarre and meaningless Internet fads are mokbang videos, in which people film themselves eating. The trend, whose name is a mixture of two words meaning "eat" and "transmit" in Korean, started in South Korea in 2014 and has fallen into the popular taste of the country. Today mokbang has many fans, and stars of this type of video can earn millions of dollars a year, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
On YouTube, there are channels from South Korean users as well as North Americans dedicated to mokbang practice. In general, videos show people eating various types of food at the same time. The most recurring foods are fried chicken, hamburger and pasta. The most impressive contents, however, are those that involve large amounts of food being swallowed in amazing time.
7. Streaming People Studying
Another bizarre fever among South Koreans watch people studying live for hours. The fashion, dubbed "gongbang", started in 2018 and is still popular on YouTube, with fans from various countries. According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, this year alone more than 4,000 South Korean content has been uploaded to the video portal.
Watching people study fever for hours among South Koreans Photo: Reproduo / YouTube (TheStrive Studies)
Most transmissions are almost completely silent except for soft noises such as the sound of pages turning. Others lives, in turn, have background instrumental music. The duration of the videos varies and may even exceed 12 hours.
Some gongbang youtubers claim that videos are motivational, while others point to them as a way to prove to parents that they are working hard. Remember that in South Korean culture, the study is taken very seriously, and practices such as studying 18 hours a day are not only valued, but also common in the country.