Social media is a dais for a lot of things. It can help you be famous, you can meet new people, you can probably find ‘the one’, you can learn, you can unlearn, you can be brainwashed, you can be bullied, and in some horrible cases, you can die. Such is a case of the currently spreading Blue Whale challenge, which is specifically guiding people, especially teens towards suicide. Of all the things and content that have been contested for internet censorship, this Blue Whale challenge has got to be on the top of the list.
It’s absolutely unbelievable that such a horrible thing is actually becoming a fad, but the hard truth is that it is. Also called the ‘suicide game’, the Blue Whale challenge, horrifyingly, lists some daily tasks for 50 days, some of which include self mutilation, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, and these tasks get more extreme as days pass. And on the final day, the challenge encourages the player to commit suicide.
What is the Blue Whale Challenge?
If you actually go through the challenges they list, it is extremely disturbing just to read. Apart from the self harm it asks a teen to perform, it has a weirdly delusional bit where it asks the challenger to ‘draw a blue whale’, ‘think that they are a blue whale’, or ‘be a blue whale’. That itself gives such an unsettling vibe. Can you imagine how a teen behaves and how it affects a teen who is actually following this challenge and trying to ‘be a blue whale’?
At this point, one would naturally think why should anyone fall for that? But it has been happening and unfortunately, it seems like it is spreading. Since last three months, this challenge has reportedly affected the lives of over 130 people. Two schoolgirls, Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, fell to their deaths from the roof of an apartment block in industrial Ust-Ilimsk, Russia. One of the victims, Yulia, left a note saying “End” on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale. Here’s a quick video explaining what this is.