In the viral era, we’ve seen countless challenges spread like wildfire across the internet and social media. Whether it was the cinnamon challenge, plank challenge, running man challenge, or mannequin challenge, we witnessed first hand how these trends briefly took over our lives. These days, the #InMyFeelings challenge in sweeping across the nation. Unfortunately, this particular challenge isn’t as innocent as it seems.
The challenge, which involves an individual stepping out of a slow-moving vehicle and dancing next to the passenger door to Drakes new single, In My Feelings, as the driver films from behind the wheel, has garnered its fair share of scrutiny from law enforcement organizations claiming the seemingly harmless trend is actually quite dangerous.
All kinds of celebrities have taken part in the challenge, without realizing that they are contributing to a risky activity. These celebs include singer Ciara, NFL player Russel Wilson, and actor Will Smith.
While you might see these videos showing up on your Facebook or Instagram feed and think that they look fun and innocent, the harsh reality is that this dancing trend could put your life at risk. Several law enforcement organizations have even begun reprimanding people caught in the act of the #InMyFeelings challenge. In a handful of cases, folks have seriously injured themselves while performing the risky viral challenge.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon from Methuen, Massachusetts chimed in, stating the challenge is “super dangerous” and strongly advising against it. The National Transportation Safety Board even shared a statement on Twitter which read: “We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge. #Distraction in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly.”
On the NTSB’s website, another warning states that “In transportation, distraction kills. Drivers and operators in all modes of transportation must keep their hands, eyes, and minds focused on operating their vehicle.”