The obsession that so many people have with being famous on social media is starting to get ridiculous. Whether it be “planking” on random objects or “coning” at fast-food joints, the things these people will do to get a bunch of views on Vine or YouTube are almost baffling in their stupidity. The latest “trend”, however, puts all of the others to shame.
People are now lighting themselves on fire in order to get popular on the internet. No, seriously. If you search up the #FireChallenge hashtag on Vine or Twitter you’ll be rewarded with a horrendous look at what this trend entails. These kids aren’t waving their hand over a candle, they’re dousing themselves in butane and blazing up like the Human Torch.
This isn’t exactly a new trend, but it’s been getting a lot more popular recently, especially after a 15-year-old in Lexington, Kentucky suffered second-degree burns on his torso after having lit himself on fire. The teen remarked that most of the people posting these videos fail to mention what happens when the flames get put out.
Read more about the story at The Daily Dot.