2020 began on a rather unusual note, almost immediately blurring everyone’s “20/20” vision”. However, let’s take a moment to thank our constant companion—social media, that’s been keeping our everlasting house arrest entertaining. Although socialising has been cancelled effective immediately, people have found innovative ways to keep in touch with their friends and family. And by innovative ways, we mean the viral social media challenges that have been making rounds on the internet. The internet, to say the least, is a really weird place for you never know what you might come across. So, on account of quarantine, here’s a recap of some of the challenges that went viral across social media platforms in 2020.
Big thanks to singer and musician Drake for this hilarious challenge! #FlipTheSwitch is performed in pairs of two against a mirror. The person in the foreground holds the phone facing the mirror and starts filming a video, while the person in the background dances to Drake’s “Nonstop”. They dance precisely to the lines “Look, I just flipped the switch, I don’t know nobody else that’s doin’ this”. The lights then go out abruptly, and when they’re back on, the two switch places. To make it more fun, the people also switch their clothes and the so the video continues. Even Jennifer Lopez joined in on the bandwagon.
This particular challenge stemmed in Australia and was quite a sensation there. It began with a Facebook group called Bin Isolation Outing. Amongst the many members, part of this group, one of them shared her excitement on the group to go out to throw garbage. The excitement can be credited to our new reality of quarantine. Essentially, to perform this challenge, you must simply wear your most fancy ensembles or even animal costumes while on your way to dump the trash. Take a picture of the whole scenario, post it on social media with the hashtag #BinIsolationOuting. Once done, pat yourself for successfully doing the challenge and spreading some laughter.
The #PatienceChallenge is equal bits sad and funny to watch. The challenge involves testing your baby’s patience and resilience. I personally cannot get over how cute and obedient babies are! So, basically, a bowl of candies is placed in front of a baby while their mom or dad ask them to wait for them before they can snack on them. The parent then disappears for a minute or two while secretly filming their baby to see if they hold their horses. And surprisingly enough, a lot of babies have aced this challenge! What’s cuter is their way of overcoming the wait. Scroll below to check out how Kylie Jenner‘s daughter Stormi passed the test.
The #GestureChallenge on Instagram requires you to have superb eye-hand coordination. The Gesture Challenge filter on Instagram‘s stories displays a set of hand gestures that you have to imitate while filming yourself. Now, it may seem easy but it comes with a catch. The imitation is done on a fast-paced beat of the song Lalala (ilkan Gunuc Mix) by Y2K. The challenge and the song are both supremely fun and catchy at the same time. Look at the Jonas Brothers taking on this challenge!
The #UntilTomorrow challenge requires you to post an embarrassing picture of yourself on your feeds and have it there for at least 24 hours. Now the kick of this challenge is to have the hashtag #UntilTomorrow in the caption. Those who unknowingly double tap on the picture get a DM from that person challenging them to post an embarrassing picture of themselves! Sounds exciting, no? To see everyone at their embarrassing-best!
Of all the above challenges, #PatienceChallenge was my favourite! Which challenges do you find the funniest? Tell us in the comments below!
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