There has been a rise in the past year of viral video ‘life hacks’ or ‘kitchen hacks’ depicting recipes or experiments that create impossible results. These videos have kids rushing to try out these sometimes dangerous experiments thinking that incredible things will happen, only to be left disappointed that it didn’t work for them.
What’s wrong with posting these kind of hoaxes online? They contribute to the growing problem of misinformation. That is, spreading information that simply isn’t true. In some cases, they are also putting children in danger. Bleaching strawberries, making popcorn with a clothes iron, microwaving things that shouldn’t be microwaved, playing with hot glue, plugging random things into electrical sockets are just a few examples of potentially dangerous hacks. One woman in England ended up in hospital after trying a life hack where you boil eggs still in their shell in the microwave! In the following video, Chris Foxx tries out some recipe hacks to see if they work.
In this video Lifehacker explains what is wrong with creating pointless hack videos.
This video, made as a joke, shows how silly and simple making these types of videos can be. He uses a lot of squishies to make it look convincing.