Research + News | Topic: Viral

Activist Campaigns Have Unforeseen Negative Impact On Teens

New research suggests such campaigns can harm vulnerable populations in ways not yet fully understood. Read the article here.

Move Over Tide Pods: There’s A New ‘Shell On’ Teen Challenge In Town

Teenagers are eating banana peels, candy wrappers and more in a new viral competition dubbed the “shell on challenge.” Read the article here.

13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

From the Momo Challenge to the Mannequin Challenge, internet stunts can be funny — or completely frightening — for kids. Read this post from Common Sense Media here.

The Murky Facts Of The ‘Deodorant Challenge’ – And Other Viral Teen ‘Crazes’

Dumb and dangerous online teen challenges are repeat visitors to the news cycle. And they bring with them a whole world of factual murkiness. Read the article here.

Where’s Your Teen Sleeping? Check Chuck E. Cheese, then Walmart

Adventure seekers are hiding overnight in stores for ‘24-hour challenge’—and are really, really bored. Read the article here.

Why Teenagers Get Suckered In By Social Media Dares

Several popular and life-threatening social media challenges have prompted warnings from public health officials over the last few years. What draws teens in? Read the article here.

The Surprisingly Depressing Experience of Going Viral

A viral video star writes about what overnight Internet fame taught him about real community, for Relevant Magazine. Read the article here.