It’s the 21st century and everyone is working really hard to become social media stars. It seems as though the days when medical or engineering degrees were the holy grail are long gone. Nowadays, it is all about how many views, likes, comments, shares, follows, retweets, and features you will get. It’s been interesting to see how social media boomed so much over the past decade, and I will admit that I have enjoyed being a bystander in the journey. I will also admit that I have watched a few too many prank videos than my busy days allow. But when it comes to the pranks, there are a few that left me scratching my head and wondering how they could pass as funny. You don’t have to agree with me, but here are a few of the pranks that I really don’t think are funny at all.
Breakup prank on girlfriend/boyfriend
There are so many variations of this prank that range anywhere from direct breakups or the strange “my mother wants us to break up” versions. I may be old school, but how these pranks pass as funny is beyond me. In my view, relationships are not meant to toy with your emotions or cause pain, even if just for a few moments. By no means are they easy or simple, but pretending to break someone then turning around and claiming it was all a prank is not okay.
Firstly, almost everyone has experienced the heartbreak that comes along with failed relationships. If you haven’t, I can tell you now that it really sucks. Not the “I wish I could have the burger but the store is closed” kind of feeling. It’s the “I can’t eat, sleep or stop crying” kind of pain. Thinking back to all of the breakups I have gone through, I would not appreciate being pranked in that way.
Anything that plays on a phobia
So here’s the thing, I don’t like snakes and would freak out if I even saw one in a glass box. So the person who dares to prank me with a fake snake will be blacklisted for eternity. While my feelings towards snakes is not a phobia, the underlying reason is still valid. Growing up, I loved swimming, and one fine day there was a snake in our pool with me. I won’t get into details, but since then, just the mere thought of snakes gets me into a frenzy.
For some strange reason, YouTubers are finding it funny to prank their friends or significant others with things like fake spiders, snakes, clowns, etc. This is wrong for many reasons, but mainly because they are triggering their friend’s anxiety. The biggest issue I have with this is that overcoming a mental illness isn’t simple. It takes time, work, and lots of support, so to play on someone’s phobia is just cruel. Just because the Kardashians did it, that does not make it okay.
There are many couples on social media that have tried some variation of this prank. I’ve seen some who have gotten a friend to lie in bed with them and others have gotten a friend to send flirty texts. Can we just break this down for a second? In what world is cheating funny? Maybe the people who are doing these pranks have never been cheated on? I have thought long and hard about this one to see if maybe I was the one being overly sensitive. After all, I have been cheated on a few too many times. Help me understand this one, please…
I personally think that we should not be glorifying such actions and turning them into jokes. Cheating is never okay. Laughing about someone being cheated on is not okay. Pretending to cheat is not okay. Or am I missing something?
Robberies, injuries, etc
I have seen a few pranks on YouTube where people pretend as though their house has been broken into and they were murdered. Some variations of this prank even include fake blood. Firstly, murder is not funny. Ever. It doesn’t matter how smoothly the shenanigans go or how much the audience laughs. If you are pretending to be dead to make someone else freak out, then there is something extremely wrong with you.
Just touching on my personal experience of losing my mom, death has always been something I feared. Not so much my own demise, but losing someone else that means so much to me. It has been over fifteen years and I am still trying to accept that she is gone. Fifteen! So seeing other people play around with the concept of death is just insulting.
As for robberies, I will not be surprised if when it happens for real, the pranksters not taken seriously.