Silhouette Challenge: Fun Or No Fun?

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Silhouette challenge

Contributed by Chinaza Ezenwa

It is no more news that this generation lives in everyday online trends and challenges. Recently a very questionable challenge popped up, called the Silhouette Challenge.

According to Wikipedia; a Sillhoutte is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, with its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the silhouette is usually presented on a light background, usually white or none at all.

So what is Silhouette Challenge?

Well its a video that involves users visibly posing and dancing sexy at door sides and frames, then quickly change to black silhouette on red background  while still doing sexy moves but now naked, with defined shapes and figures visible. He/she dances to a slow song titled, “put your head on my shoulder” by Paul Anka.

The big question is; where’s the fun in that?

Twenty first century online generation uses social media platforms as criteria for measuring standards of living among successful and unsuccessful people. Everybody wants to belong; while throwing caution to the winds, swallowing tons of lies and fake lives portrayed by users on these media platforms.

Online challenges and trends which mostly carry monetary price for winners pop up every now and then. Your currency and intelligence is measured by the many trends and challenges you participate in. Vibrant Youths trying to outdo one another in irrelevant challenges that might come to haunt them in future in the name of having fun.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not saying fun is evil, in fact, Research shows that having fun leaves a positive effect on us, while helping to build trust and develop communication among ourselves. Having fun gives us an opportunity to connect and be creative, makes us smarter,  improves our memory and concentration. According to Everett 2011, when we have fun; “We are alike, we share values”.

Dancing is good for the health, we are not debating that, but does it necessarily have to be done naked and shared to the world?

Someone will now say; it’s her body she has a right to it. You’re right, let’s ignore multitudes of minors being violated mentally by these posts. It’s still not your business right?

Ok then document it and add to your CV for prospective employers, after all it’s your achievement.

So you see, most of the everyday trends and challenges online does not in anyway have same benefits as that of fun. Rather it’s the opposite.

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