- The “milk crate problem” has swept social media after going viral on Fb earlier this month.
- Hashtags associated to the problem on TikTok have amassed over 71 million views.
- Medical specialists have stated the “harmful” problem might result in “life-threatening” accidents.
A social media pattern can result in damaged bones, spinal wire accidents, and bleeding contained in the cranium, in accordance with a medical professional and TikToker.
The pattern includes stacking quite a lot of milk crates in a pyramid with a purpose to give it a stair-like form. The “problem” for the social media consumer is to stroll throughout all of the milk crates with out them collapsing underneath the burden of the particular person and inflicting them to fall. Customers’ makes an attempt are sometimes live-streamed or filmed for social media platforms.
Dr Karan Rangarajan, a basic surgeon primarily based within the UK, additionally posts informational myth-busting movies to 4 million followers on TikTok. He informed Insider the problem is “extremely harmful.”
“The milk crate problem […] poses a excessive threat of exposing your self to orthopedic accidents in addition to accidents to the top and neck on account of falling from heights onto the bottom or the crates themselves which might puncture the pores and skin,” he stated.
“Accidents can vary from damaged bones, ligament accidents and dislocations to doubtlessly life-threatening ones corresponding to spinal wire accidents or intracranial bleeds [which is] a bleed contained in the cranium.”
Orthopedic surgeon Dr Shawn Anthony additionally told Today that he’s “seeing many orthopedic accidents on account of the falls [from these challenges].”
“Accidents can embody damaged wrists, shoulder dislocations, ACL and meniscus tears, in addition to life-threatening situations like spinal wire accidents,” he stated.
The pattern started on Fb, and rapidly unfold to TikTok
The problem seems to have initially risen in reputation on Fb earlier this month earlier than spreading to different platforms.
On August 1, Fb consumer Billy Joe posted two movies that seem to indicate him trying to stroll throughout the crates. Each instances, the crates collapsed, with him falling and touchdown on his again. Mixed, the 2 movies have over 750,000 views.
On August 13, Fb consumer Kenneth Waddell shared the videos and tagged a consumer known as Jordan Browne, suggesting that they imitate the actions within the video. On August 14, Waddell livestreamed his and Browne’s try at “the crate problem” on Fb, whereas Browne additionally posted a clip from the identical livestream later that day. The movies confirmed the pair climbing on the crates earlier than falling, with Browne’s video amassing over 800,000 views and over 9,000 reactions on Fb.
The problem has since gained reputation on TikTok, with the hashtags #cratechallenge and #milkcratechallenge cumulatively reaching over 71 million views.
One viral TikTok of the problem posted on August 23 exhibits a lady showing to “full” the problem whereas carrying heels. It has since amassed over 3 million views.
On Twitter, a video of a person dubbed “White Mike” showing to finish the problem whereas purportedly rolling a joint has been considered over 9 million instances because it was posted on August 21.
Plenty of movies additionally depict individuals falling from a top because the crates collapse beneath them.
—Official Milk Crate Problem Information Supply? (@SirVstudios) August 21, 2021
Yesterday, Twitter consumer @SmittySpreadLuv tweeted what seemed to be photos of him making use of an ice pack to intensive bruising throughout his again, together with the caption, “Man, f— the crate problem.”
—Renard Smith Sr. (@SmittySpreadLuv) August 23, 2021
The consumer, who goes by the title Renard Smith Sr. on Twitter, didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
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