Overall, the internet has created amazing opportunities for people. From opening a business, connecting with family far away, or accessing information, it’s revolutionized the way people live. However, like a double-edged sword, it cuts both ways. Dumb internet trends are a great example of that. Every year, dumb trends pop up, making us question humanity again. Let’s take a look at some that really jumped the shark. Here are 25 Dumbest Internet Trends That Need To Stop.
With the internet becoming the main source of information for most people, the news industry faced a dilemma of how to make money on news that was widely free online. Their answer was forcing paywalls on their news websites. While this trend is still going, it’s still pretty dumb. All anyone needs to do is search for the same topic somewhere else, and they’ll likely find it. They’re not luring any new customers with those things.
Cat photos will never leave the internet and will only continue to evolve and morph in new and bizarre ways. Enter the cat beard. A clever but weird idea where people position their cats face in a way that it looks like a person’s mouth and beard. Its mere existence drops your IQ a little.
Hot Dog Legs
In 2013, a dumb trend called Hot Dog Legs swept the internet. People, in all their wisdom, took photos of hot dogs together and then photos of legs together. You had to figure out which were legs and which were hot dogs. Honestly, it was pretty easy to figure it out, though sometimes the pictures were eerily convincing.
How people became so addicted to this game is anyone’s guess. Candy Crush is essentially just a slightly modified version of Tetris, but with candy. Either way, in order to advance, players had to invite friends to play the game. A slew of invites flooded Facebook for a time, much like FarmVille, to the irritation of people who had no interest in playing candy Tetris.
Water Bottle Flip Challenge
Out of all the internet challenges trending, the water bottle flip challenge at least doesn’t cause bodily harm. But it’s still really dumb. The idea is simple. The poor person who decided to do this takes a water bottle in hand, flips it, and hopes it lands upright. The winner gets about five minutes of wasted time.