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Why teenagers eat Tide pods

January 30, 2018

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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March 31, 2018

What’s next? See who can guzzle a whole bottle of bleach the fastest? This is crazy and needs to stop!!! Now, you watch…they’ll start outlawing ‘Tide Pods’ and what and why is this a crazy way to be!! The world of teens is tough, but they don’t have to make it “deadly”!!!

March 30, 2018

It is just stupid

Robie Dysinger
March 2, 2018

Why would anyone even do this im 13 and I wouldn’t ever do this if tide pods kill you then there worse then drugs so why don’t the make tide pods illegal

February 25, 2018

really blaming the ‘adolescent’ brain for the stupidity of eating POISON?? funny, since I knew at an early age how dangerous laundry chemicals are and to stay away from them much less actually ingest them!!

no the problem is that the majority of kids are drug-addled from a young age, given drugs for bullshit conditions like ADHD which is a phony condition or anti-depressants, wha!!! wha!! wait till they have to go to WORK!! and actually be responsible for anything….

so naturally given a ‘challenge’ doesn’t register in a brain soaked in drugs, even legal ones

Christina GlobalSpex
February 19, 2018

I have 2 kids.. neither have ever had the inclination to eat pods. My youngest even came to me shocked that anyone would even think of it.. even as part of game.

February 13, 2018

It depends on us that how do we care for them and their habits.

Walt B.
February 8, 2018

We are not now, nor have we ever been, able to prevent people from doing stupid things to themselves. Ever seen anyone holding a paper cylinder of burning tobacco in his mouth and forcing the smoke into his lungs? Nuff said on that. As far as social media goes, it is the perfect vehicle for many teens’ innate need to draw attention to themselves; as stated by Dr. McCarthy, it just gives them a huge, instant audience which we oldsters did not have access to. I don’t think anyone walking the earth today doesn’t know that eating detergent is stupid, so there’s not a lot we can do. It will go the way of the cinnamon challenge and planking with a few causalties here and there, but it will return in some other form. Que sera, sera.

February 2, 2018

How the heck are you justifying this?

Fred H.
January 31, 2018

Several years ago I visited Auschwitz. Among the horrors I saw was one I had not expected – a black-and-white film of late 1930s German youth marching with absolutely appalling arrogant pride. I had known that teens are vulnerable. But these youths appeared to have been indoctrinated far beyond what I would have thought possible – both in their extremism and their recruitment into frighteningly large movements. I did not want to believe what I saw in the movie. But isn’t this Is this what goes on within violent street gangs? Suicide bombing? Political extremism? Fred H.

Thomas Baltzell
January 31, 2018

Maybe get rid of social media like Facebook and youtube and Twitter and the world would be a better place. Teens wouldn’t keep doing stupid shit

Yale 4TW
January 31, 2018

Guys its a just meme that some idiots decided to take too far for attention on social media. Not some crazy marketing campaign, just a bad meme.

January 30, 2018

If these pods are dangerous and potentially fatal, perhaps manufacturers should be responsible to not produce them.
They put toxins on our clothes / skin, and water system.
Not safe for anyone.

January 31, 2018

There is nothing wrong with tide pods. People are the problem. If students want to make a game out of it and seek attention online then tough sh!t.

This is natural selection at its best.

Smart guy
February 1, 2018

They are for laundry not human consumption. So should gas companies be responsible for burning people or arsonist setting things on fire. Yea what’s what I thought next time you have a thought let it go ok.

Colin S.
January 30, 2018

There is, of course, the outside possibility that the makers of Tide invented this as a social-media-gone-wrong stealth marketing campaign. I have yet to find a single piece of evidence of anyone on social media eating a Tide pod prior to the cheeky Tide YouTube video a few weeks ago telling teenagers not to eat them. Notice it’s not ‘laundry pods’ in general, but specifically Tide pods. The whole thing looks like a botched viral media campaign.

Ben Wood
January 30, 2018

I am a teen and I don’t eat tide pods.

Alex Barnes
February 2, 2018

With that comment, I think that you’ll make it to adulthood.

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