The internet can sometimes be a pretty strange place. Because everyone has pretty much equal access, which trends go viral can be a democratic process – and what people choose to consume isn’t always what’s expected. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of the online “challenge,” iterations of which we’ve seen blow up over the past few years.
But the latest internet challenge to go viral has the internet feeling very confused. A chair lifting game has recently gone viral on Tik-Tok for a very strange reason. It seems women can complete the feat – while men are left in the dirt. Curious? Scroll on for all the details.
The internet has really taken over the world.
Trying to imagine life before we had such constant online access seems almost impossible now. And because we’re now all so intrinsically connected, the internet can offer some us something pretty unique.
Which can lead us down some pretty weird paths.
The fact is, basically anything goes online. It’s a place that’s both incredibly individualistic, but also gives us a sense of belonging and community – which sometimes leads to pretty strange results.
Humanity has an intrinsically competitive nature.
And when you have a space wherein literally millions of us can interact, that means there’s also a space wherein literally millions of us can compete.
This has led to a certain internet phenomenon.
That of the “online challenge.” Basically, someone comes up with a bizarre concept, dares others to try it, and it spirals out of control for a number of weeks … or until the next challenge comes along.
Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty weird ones.
Perhaps the first online challenge, the cinnamon challenge, peaked in popularity in early 2012. In this challenge, users had to hold a spoonful of the painful, powdery spice in their mouths for sixty seconds – a feat which proved near impossible.
Others had more of a purpose.
In the summer of 2014, a popular social media trend involved dumping an entire bucket of ice water over one’s head. Rather than just being an unpleasant experience, it was supposed to raise awareness of ALS, too.
But some challenges were truly stupid.
At the end of 2017, teens around the world decided to give into their basest instincts and start consuming Tide laundry pods. This challenge was actually incredibly dangerous and resulted in 6 deaths.
So you can see why online challenges have a bit of a dubious reputation.
In some ways, they seem to appeal to our most unattractive qualities as humans – the desire to show off, the desire to fit in, and, of course, the desire to get attention.
But, once in a while, something different comes along.
And the latest challenge that has taken the internet by storm is surprisingly skillful – and actually interesting to watch.
And the latest internet challenge is just that.
It rose to prominence on viral video app Tik Tok. And once you see it, you’ll understand why everyone’s talking about it.
On paper, it sounds a little boring.
It involves lifting a chair off of the ground. So far, pretty dull, right?
But it’s the results of this challenge that are getting the internet excited.
Because most of us probably expected that the typically “stronger” sex would have better luck with a lifting challenge, right?
Well, you’d be wrong.
Because in this particular battle of the sexes, there’s a surprise winner.
The ladies are absolutely dominating.
While the men cannot complete the chair lift, it seems their partners are hoisting it up with relative ease.
And people have just one question.
Well, the answer is strangely quite simple.
Let’s explain the challenge first.
You start by standing against a wall, then take two foot-length steps away from it.
You then bend forwards.
You want your body at a ninety-degree angle to the wall, and parallel to the floor.
Then, you place a chair under your body.
And pick it up. Sounds simple enough, right?
Krystyna Sorrentino, 32, and her fiancé Devin, 29 discovered it was actually deceptively tricky.
Well, for Devin at least.
First Krystyna attempted the challenge and picked up the chair quite easily.