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Fitness Challenge to Priya Varrier’s wink: 10 Social Media challenges that broke the internet


Social media a is getting big day-by-day. In today’s technology-driven world, it is common to suddenly come across a new viral sensation that takes social media by storm. At present, the #InMyFeelings challenge or #KikiChallenge has taken social media on storm with pretty much everyone giving in to the viral dance. However, to note, viral challenges have been around well before Drake questioned Kiki about her feelings for him. And we can’t forget the classic Mannequin, Ice bucket or Pad Man challenge. Here we take a look at 10 social media challenges that broke the internet below:

Ice Bucket

In the summer of 2014, three men with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) motivated millions of people all over the world to dump buckets of ice water on their heads and post video of it online to fight this terrible disease. The Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) is the world’s largest global social media phenomenon with more than 17 million people in 2014 uploaded the challenge videos of Facebook. Millions of people across the world took the challenge including then US President Barack Obama, billionaire Bill Gates, singer Sonu Nigam, actor Akshay Kumar.

Fitness Challenge

Indian celebs, from politicians to film stars put out videos of their workouts and challenge others to do so using the hashtag #HumFitTohIndiaFit. Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore started the challenge to inspire people to be fitter and pay attention to their fitness. The challenge went viral after Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli challenged PM Modi to do so and PM Modi obliged, however, it sparked millions of memes and some involving southern actress Priya Warrier with her famous wink.


This popular challenge was started by some high school students in Jacksonville in October 2016. The challenge requires people to stay frozen just like a mannequin while the camera moves around them with a background score which usually is ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd. Many from India and across the world took up the challenge including cricketer Virat Kohli, Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan and many more.

Dance with Alien

After ‘Ice Bucket’ and Priya Warrier’s wink, Dame Tu Cosita- a viral dance challenge dominating the social media platform. It is the Alien Dance Challenge went viral especially on the app and has now also reached Instagram and YouTube. In this challenge, participants must use the application to be able to copy the dance steps of a green frog. Team India opener Rohit Sharma showed off his fantastic dance moves while taking up the challenge. Other than Rohit, ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya too, took up the challenge.

Priya Varrier wink

Priya Prakash Varrier winked her way into our hearts and became an overnight Internet sensation. Priya created a storm on social media and from ardent love declarations to social media memes, everything has been dedicated to the new kid on the block.

Break the beard

The fashion of beard is in trend since couple of years and people find it more fashionable than clean shave. There are many cricketers such as Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina who had gotten rid of their facial hair. The cricketers took up the challenge during the IPL matches.

‘Condom Challenge’ a dangerous YouTube trend, it is a set of 3 trends where teens sorted condoms up their nose and pulled them out of their mouth. The second is a challenge where a water-filled condom is dropped onto an unsuspecting person’s head, typically enveloping the head of the person taking part, and the third is manually stretching a condom directly over one’s own head. The challenge get popularised in 2015 involving filling a condom with water and filming it being dropped on one’s head. This often results in the condom enveloping and adhering to the participant’s face, giving the impression that they have somehow became immersed in the water held within the condom.

Pad Man challenge

Earlier, this year, Bollywood celebs started posting their pictures posing with sanitary pads. Celebs did this just to tell people that periods are normal and should not be ashamed of sanitary napkins. The move or campaign or challenge was started by Akshay Kumar and team in awake of the film ‘Pad Man’ which was addressing issues which are considered taboo in the society.

Kylie Jenner lip challenge

Kylie Jenner lip challenge was a huge deal for girls and guys who want thicker and fuller lips. You use a small cup and place over your lips. You suck the air out which caused a vacuum effect on your lips. There are different levels of thickness for the length of time that you do this. The results are hilarious, funny, scary, and painful to look at. The look of sheer horror on her face should be a enough reason not to try it. The whole process is very painful with some result may look good but at some cost.

Flip the bottle challenge

The water bottle flipping challenge is a fun party game that became an Internet sensation in 2016. To do the challenge, you’ll need to prepare your bottle correctly and flip your bottle using a certain technique. Participants had to toss a half-empty plastic water bottle into the air in a way that it made a complete flip and landed perfectly on its base.