The Tide PODS Challenge: It’s Really Not That Funny

Written by: The Xavierite Editorial Board

January 31st, 2018

Tide PODS – do NOT eat! —

So the new trend among Millennials and Generation Z is….the Tide POD Challenge.

If you haven’t heard about the Tide POD Challenge, here’s some background info. It all started when Dylan DelMonico decided to write an article in The Onion called, “So Help Me God, I’m Going To Eat One Of Those Multicolored Detergent Pods.”

DelMonico’s satirical article, written from the viewpoint of a young toddler, talks about how these “delicious-looking little pods” are all he can think about, all he can look at, all he wants to consume.

Alas, the satirical part of the article was lost on much of the younger generations.

Now, KIDS EVERYWHERE ARE NOW ACTUALLY EATING THESE DETERGENT PODS. And they’re filming and posting their videos to social media, too!

While seemingly amusing (not really), the Tide PODS Challenge is actually quite dangerous.

With this latest trend, there have been several articles published on the repercussions one could face if they eat a Tide POD.

The POD can burn the esophagus and stomach, result in gastrointestinal issues, and even cause serious respiratory problems.

The whole POD Challenge is reminiscent of the 2007 Cinnamon Challenge, which encouraged kids to eat an entire spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any water. Also not the best idea.

What is it with Millenials and Gen Z doing crazy things just for attention? Simple: the desperate, and constant, push for views, likes, and retweets. This is what social media has done to our generation.

So far, Saint Xavier University has not seen anyone engage in this Challenge. However, to make sure no SXU student ends up with gastrointestinal issues, The Xavierite Staff thinks the University should take precautionary measures.

About 20% of SXU students live on campus. That means approximately 20% wash their laundry here on campus. SXU should ban Tide PODS. Along with banning alcohol and tobacco products, banning Tide PODS can help keep SXU students focused, engaged, and even safe.

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