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#CondomChallenge takes over social media

Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 11:46:54-05

A new challenge is going viral on social media, called the Condom Challenge.

How it works: a person takes a condom, fills it up with water, and then has a partner drop it over the top of his or her head.

It forms a bubble around the persons face for several seconds before popping.

The Twitter page for the Condom Challenge says it raises awareness for safe sex, but experts say while they appreciate the message of using condoms, the challenge stops short of explaining the benefits of condoms to teens, and comes off as a silly stunt.

It all started just over a week ago with a video of two guys participating in the Condom Challenge.

The video got more than 9,000 retweets, and the #CondomChallenge shows thousands of videos.

The video has now gotten copycats from all over the world.

"It's stupid! What if they couldn't get it off for some reason? Because it looked like it vaccuum-sucked to their head!" Stephanie Rowe, a mother, said.

"Why would you even bother doing that? It doesn't make any sense. What do they get out of it?" Danielle Brookshaw, another mother, said.

According to the Condom Challenge Twitter page, it's to promote safe sex.

"On their page, they say it's to raise awareness, and if a condom can fit over the head sitting on top of your shoulders, it can certainly fit on the one below your waist," Alicia Allen, a therapist with a focus in sex therapy said.

She said she supports the statement and is all about safe sex, but said that's where the message stops.

"It seems like it might be a missed opportunity because it basically touched on fit, not all of the benefits of using a condom," Allen said.

Parents agree with her.

"I don't think that promotes safe sex at all. It promotes stupidity," Rowe said.

"How does that promote having safe sex? All they're doing is using the condoms to play a game, they're not even taking seriously the fact what a condom is used for," Brookshaw said.

Twenty-year-old Tess Fuery said it's really for those 15 seconds of fame.

"To get on the internet. Get people to look at it and share them so they become like, 'Oh, have you seen this video? Have you seen this video?'" she said.

Allen told Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg she's concerned about the dangers of participating in the Condom Challenge, like injury or suffocation.

The Twitter page for the challenge does say be prepared to pop the condom after seven seconds.