Dr. Manny: Keep the #CharlieCharlieChallenge and other social media crazes …

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‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ sparks Twitter trend, has teens trying to summon demon.

This social media frenzy is driving me crazy. Youngsters across the world have uploaded numerous clips of the apparently simple Ouija board-inspired ritual to Twitter and Instagram in recent days, reports Fox5. A few weeks ago it was the #KylieJennerChallenge, which resulted in plenty of #KylieJennerChallengeFails, and left kids in need of medical attention with damage to their faces. The “Charlie Challenge” is the latest viral sensation to sweep the Internet, which features teens chanting “Charlie, Charlie are you there?” and “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” According to countless Instagrams and Vines, the two pencils are placed in a cross formation on a chart that reads “yes,” “no,” and vice versa on the bottom half.

We’re talking about the Charlie Charlie Challenge, a sort of DIY Ouija-board craze that’s sweeping Hot Topics and junior Satanist circles across the nation. The script is simple: cross two pencils over a piece of paper decorated with “yes” and “no” boxes (there’s also a more complicated six-pencil alternative for especially eager heathens).

It’s claimed that the game is an old Mexican tradition, but there’s no trace of that on the internet, but it seems to have been around for years before it took off this week. While the exact origin of Charlie Charlie has not yet been determined, the Washington Post says it has a long history as a schoolyard game in the Spanish-speaking world. Other spectre-seekers have taken a more light-hearted approach, using the ritual to ask which member of One Direction will be her husband or when the new Justin Bieber album will drop. Players ask questions which are then answered by a “Mexican demon named Charlie.” As pointed out by many, there is no demon in Mexican folklore named Charlie. The disturbed Maryland mother found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing last week had no business caring for the toddler, the boy’s heartbroken father said.

After thoroughly freaking yourself out and/or FINALLY figuring out which One Direction member you’re going to marry, proceed to upload your voodoo vid to Twitter/Instagram/Vine/ any other social media site your parents have definitely never heard of it. The devastated dad had filed for sole custody of Ji-Aire, whom he described as his happy “little man,” days before the boy’s mother Romechia Simms was discovered pushing his lifeless body in a swing for several hours on Friday.

What if this latest #CharlieCharlieChallenge leads an individual to make the wrong decisions based on an “answer” given to them by a fictional demon? Of course, these tweet-happy tweenagers aren’t just Hogwarts rejects employing the dark arts to ascertain the exact date of Justin Bieber’s upcoming album release. With those boards, players have to keep hold of a glass while it moves around the table — so it’s not difficult to imagine that people might be pushing it around without knowing it. While I can’t say for sure what the game will or will not do for any one individual, certainly a game that has an alleged diabolic association cannot be good, especially for an emotional teen.

According to Maria Elena Navez of BBC Mundo, “There’s no demon called ‘Charlie’ in Mexico.” Navez reports that most Mexican legends derive from Aztec or Mayan mythology, and have names to match—think “Tezcatlipoca”, not Timmy. But they are still likely being pushed — the pencils have to be so finely balanced on top of each other that even the slightest movement from a breath or slightly tilted surface will push it around. The trending topic made it’s way to the United States, as a girl in Georgia posted her game to Instagram and gave it the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. This practical PSA has been floating around Twitter, often with the caption “RT to save a life.” While Charlie Challengers have clearly been looking out for their own, a Philadelphia priest has taken matters into his own hands in an open letter to his student.

Father Stephen McCarthy warned his pupils “the problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed.” He then ordered them “to NOT participate” in the challenge and “encourage others to avoid participation as well.” Because if there’s one way to combat a demonic adolescent trend, it’s a religious authority figure promising actual supernatural contact. French explained that, “it can generate a very strong impression that the movement is being cause by some outside agency, but it’s not… with Ouija boards you’ve got the whole social context. In both of those situations, people are genuinely more in danger — so the brain think itself into a special fight or flight state that makes it extra-vigilant to noises, so that those dangers can be avoided.

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