Remember the time when people were busy pouring a bucket of ice on their heads! Or the games that had taken the internet by storm. Some Internet Fads that went viral riled me up. My Facebook Timeline not long ago was filled with random screengrabs of weird looking cartoon monsters and it seriously bored me off to sleep.

We are living in the times of bubble. The Internet – I can never stop thanking it – is also the primary fuel for these fads. Because we are living in a transactional world today where Knowledge Transfer is primarily machine to human these fads go viral within hours and people go crazy emulating the same. I, for an instance, have been guilty of many of such gaming fads! Farmville, Candy Crush, Temple Run, to name a few. I have spent wasted many human hours behind these and frankly, I don’t know why I did them then!

Some Internet Fads have helped people largely. The point in question is the ALS Ice- Bucket Challenge. Originally this challenge was meant for fundraising for ALS Association, an American non-profit organization that promotes awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In this challenge, people were to tag three people on Social Media to donate $100 to ALS Association or douse themselves with a bucket of ice-cold water. It became viral on social media and many celebrities were tagged into it. Within 2 months the ALS Association had received $41.8 million as donation!

But some internet fads have completely failed me. I have no idea why on earth were they started and then followed by thousands across geographical locations! Let’s have a look at the weird Internet Fads that had taken the Internet by Storm.

Internet Fads that took Internet by Storm

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A4 Waist Challenge

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The #A4Waist Challenge – in which women compare the size of their waists to the width of a standard A4 sheet of paper – emerged in China in Feb-March 2016 and took Instagram by storm. It’s a ‘win’ if your waist is as thin as 21cm or 8.3 inches across. If not, you can’t show it off! But hey, wasn’t that largely aimed at body shaming? It, of course, invited a huge backlash but not before the Internet was flooded with images of girls holding a piece of A4 Sheet to flaunt their skinny waist size.

My question – Is being skinny now considered as fit?

Duck Manicure Pedicure or Duck Mani-pedi

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Instagram | @thecottoncandyprincess

This beauty trend from 2012 is perhaps one of the most horrible internet fad you can find. The flared nail trend – aimed to resemble a duck-feet- was extremely popular amongst beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts.

My Question – how on earth will you type/eat/or fit your foot in a shoe with such weird looking nails? In one word – Ugly!

The Panty Challenge

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Instagram | Funnyassjoe

Britanny Hunter from Georgia , US started this bizarre trend in July 2016 where she shared a photo of her underwear and claimed women were jealous of her unstained underwear that she had wore for 24 hours!!! Yes Gross I know. It went viral and soon started trending on Twitter with women across the world started sharing their underwear photos and showing how they were clean and unstained!!

My Question – isn’t vaginal discharge natural and important! Why try to body shame all the time?

Read: Twitter – Social Media Channel I’m Thankful for

The Dress

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Credit: Tumblr| Swiked

If you have not seen some 100 posts on your social media about #thedress and its color then you have been living under a rock! Like how people always have to jump bandwagon, no one was left in giving their opinion about this viral photo of a dress – whether it’s Blue and black or White and Gold! It questioned peoples color vision.

My Question – So what if its blue, black, pink, orange whatever! Seriously do you have such free time for this?



Prismatistic #prisma #mommasboy #mommyandson

A post shared by Tina Basu (@twinklingtina) on

If you have not used the photo editing app Prisma in your life, even once – you are awesome! As usual everyone on social media was busy rendering artistic effects on their selfies. Yours truly was also guilty of it! But how much of it can you take? I am sure not a single person on iOS at that time on my TL had escaped it!

Pokemon Go

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Source: Pixabay

What exactly was this? How on earth people can be so crazy for a game that they forget everything and start visiting places to catch a rare Pokemon! It completely fails me. I thankfully had not jumped the rat race of catching Pokemons!

Which of these internet fads were you part of? Or were you the wiser one to not fall prey to them.

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12 Comments on Of internet Fads and people going Crazy

  1. Dipika
    October 24, 2017 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

    geee.. that panty one was indeed carzy. A4 sheet ooh that’s all insane. Internet is full of fun & some real weird stuff. It’s better to keep head safe over shoulders and believe on only the things which is humanly possible.
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  2. Sarah Stockley
    October 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I seem to have missed some of these fads. I really dislike them for some reason. I am actually not a huge fan of FB in general. Sarah #mg
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  3. Deepa
    October 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm (1 year ago)

    All of them were crazy especially the Pokemon and the bucket challenge. Never heard of the panty challenge though. Good post..a reminder of all the crazy challenges.
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  4. Surbhi Prapanna
    October 25, 2017 at 3:32 am (1 year ago)

    Good post. though I had not participated in any these fads but my husband had played “Pokemon go” a lot.and I was another side ( I did not like to see him in deeply engaged in this game). enjoyed reading the post.

  5. Geeta Nair
    October 25, 2017 at 11:53 am (1 year ago)

    Thank God I’m not one to fall easy prey to these Internet Fads. And yes, that panty one was “Yuck”.
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  6. Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    October 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh wow…i didn’t know about some of these ‘trends’ and honestly, not knowing them didn’t ruin my life in any way. Seriously — unstained panties and A4 waist?!!!

  7. Prasanna Raghavan
    October 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Why is it happening like this? Are people turning crazy about the politics of imitation or are they forging a new identity being part of a global trend? Whatever is the practical effect, it’s skillfully aimed at turning humans to be machine slaves. The moment I see this kind of fad, I just ignore it. It was nice reading you, Tina. Thanks for the share.

  8. Anami
    October 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm (1 year ago)

    From the list, the only one I had heard of was Pokemon. How crazy of me 😛 People now a days have no time for useful things but for such nonsense stuff.

  9. Mackenzie Glanville
    October 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm (1 year ago)

    oh gosh sharing your underwear really? And that A4 waist challenge sounds very healthy to me, it is a weird world sometimes #mg


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