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Beezin’: Newest teen fad?

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ChrisWeb
Fads come and go, especially in the teenage community. I remember fads in my old public school days that were absolutely ridiculous, but they eventually died out because the kids realized how ridiculous they were.
In recent news, there is this absurd new fad making waves on social media and other news sources. The kids are calling it Beezin’. It involves rubbing Burt’s Bees Chapstick on your eyelids, which is meant to enhance the feeling of drugs and other mind altering substances by creating a tingling sensation on a sensitive area of the body.
Do people really believe this garbage is rampant among teens? I really have a hard time believing teenagers are rubbing chapstick on their eyes. Teens can easily post anything on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks and, for some reason, elders believe everything they see.
I did a quick Google search of this new “drug” fad, and found multiple news reports detailing the dangers of beezin’. The Examiner even had the audacity to describe beezin’ as potentially “deadly” even though Burt’s Bees is made up of all natural ingredients.
The video they posted detailing the process of applying the lip balm to the eyelids even has the caption of “trolling the masses 2014,” implying that the fad is a way to deceive the public. They claimed that lip balm is used for lips, and if a teen borrows an infected lip balm from somebody and use it on their eyelids, they can potentially contract an infection and die. Users of Burt’s Bees claim that they do this for the tingling sensation caused by the peppermint oil in the balm, and the feeling helps them stay alert.
I am convinced this is a joke and outsiders are falling for it. When I was a kid, I would do things to purposely anger and confuse my parents. There have been an abundance of these fads that received this kind of attention from the media, yet gained no real traction among teens.
There is a complete lack of evidence to support the involvement in these fads, yet irrational fear in regards to these fads is spread all over the country by the media.  Kids are not drinking vodka through other orifices other than their mouth, and choking each other half-to-death. And they most definitely are not ruining their health by rubbing Burt’s Bees Lip Balm on their eyelids.
This is a classic case of teens stirring the pot, and should not receive the notoriety it is currently getting.

2 Responses

  1. Rob

    Thanks for taking a moment to write something measured and reasonable (and, no doubt, correct). People are so quick to jump on the NEW FAD IS DANGEROUS thing.

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  2. sophia

    Actually, this happens a ton when you go to raves/concerts where people drop acid and such. There’s no doubt about it and it’s not just teens– it’s people in 20′s and older, too. People rub Icy Hot on themselves for the same reason.

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