The Choking Game: Over 1,400 children and teens died from this dangerous trend
The “choking game” involves temporarily cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain in order to achieve a brief “high” of lightheadedness and euphoria. This incredibly dangerous “game” has cost multiple children and teens their lives. Between 1995 and 2007, 82 children between the ages of 6 and 19 died after playing the choking game in the U.S. alone, according to the CDC. This worrying trend seems to be growing. Between 2000 and 2015, the CDC states nearly 1,400 children and teens died from accidental strangulation and hanging. Before the widespread popularity of social media, kids learned about the choking game through word-of-mouth.
The one saving grace at that time was the fact that kids who learned about the challenge through word-of-mouth typically attempted the challenge in groups and could, at least potentially, be revived by a friend before it was too late. However, with easy access to millions of YouTube videos about self-asphyxiation, today’s kids and teens are more likely to attempt the challenge alone, choking themselves in their bedrooms with their own belts, shoelaces, or other nearby objects.