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Are you sure it's Internet fault? Young idiots did stupid stuff like this way before personal computers entered the households. Urban myths, games of daring and similar stuff always happened, it simply wasn't "news material".
From people smoking plastic to inhaling old style household products (the ones without any kind of CE approval) to jumping down from the first or second floor, parkouring across balconies, climbing over high voltage lines, playing "dodge the train at the last second", stealing from farmers (who often shot them with salt), shooting each other with slingshots, using alcohol bottles as flamethrowers, playing in abandoned and crumbling buildings... And I'm listing only things that my parents did from age 6 to 14, when Internet wasn't even a thing in my country.
How about the idiots that test bulletproof vests by having their friends shoot them?
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Yeah, I know what you mean - but the internet lets one idiot feed a stupid idea to people all over the world in a few minutes. So instead of a couple of dozen morons eating washing liquid in a city, you get a couple of million even stupider people doing it world wide.
Now, if we had a chemical that rendered you sterile and we got eating that out as a meme ...
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So instead of a couple of dozen morons eating washing liquid in a city, you get a couple of million even stupider people doing it world wide.
I wouldn't be so sure, mostly it's the news agencies milking the phenomenon - the fact that response times are faster because it gets to public attention in days makes it less dangerous than those ages old urban legends that were alive for decades, because happened only in sporadic undocumented cases in unconnected places and then were narrated by the reliable word of mouth across several layers of people.
Yes but there is a difference between seeing 5 news of the same thing happening because it has a high incidence and seeing 5 news and they were the only cases. Add the fact that the proliferation of agencies-for-peanuts (the ones that give away news for free, making money through advertisement) the same event can and will be narrated in dozens different flavours, changing places, names, ethnicities and quantities thus giving the impression that oh my dog it's an emergency please someone thinks fo the childraaa!
Yes, I'm inclined to agree. It's got all the vague phrasing of the traditional urban legend "lots of teenagers", "possible death" etc., it all seems a bit "A friend of a friend knew this kid ..." to me.
I guess the internet allows it to be augmented by videos (fake or otherwise) and allows it to spread a bit faster than stories used to but it's pretty much the same thing.
And then, when the worst of all this was over, we used to get a letter from the government that told us where we had to go to receive rifles and hand grenades and get some lessons on how to use them. But only for three months. After that we got to the really dangerous stuff.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
Cor!! That brings back memories of when I was a kid. Mind you, some of those things weren't even generally available when I was a kid - plastics, for instance. Most of our time was playing Cops and Robbers amongst "abandoned and crumbling buildings" or spending the whole day over the fields eating whatever berries you could find when you felt hungry and drinking whatever water was available.
It's more complex than just that. Though to your point a lot of kids don't know what its like to work for something. It just looks like a generation lost without any goals to achieve, leaving them to play stupid games...
Common sense is admitting there is cause and effect and that you can exert some control over what you understand.