I really hate the word viral. Why is it that anything that goes viral is either massively idiotic or just plain dull? In this instance I would like to write about NekNominate which has been all over my social feeds for the past month or so. I certainly do not condemn drinking as a whole, I am partial to a ‘few’ gins every once in a while myself after all, however I think enough is enough with this ‘NekNominate’ nonsense.
For a start I cannot take the name seriously; is it really that hard to spell neck, or is it meant to look ‘cool’ by dropping the ‘c’? If that is the case it really doesn’t… Regardless anyone who intentionally drinks a ridiculous quantity of alcohol in one go is an imbecile. I thought perhaps once major news outlets started to cover NekNominate related deaths that this ludicrousness would soon be over, but it seems not – meaning those of you taking part still are even bigger imbeciles than I initially thought.
Granted yes the majority of people who play the game encounter no repercussions other than perhaps a sore head the next morning, but what if you are unlucky enough to be in the minority? I have downed drinks and taken shots aplenty in the guise of fun and laughs don’t get me wrong, but there is a difference between doing some shots and risking your life over a stupid game.
I particularly do not like the whole peer pressure element to it and I find myself flummoxed that people are nominating their friends and acquaintances to do such a ridiculous thing. If someone nominated me to do a NekNominate I would tell them in no uncertain terms where to go.
To those nominated; you know you are perfectly allowed to say no and I am inclined to think people in general will think more highly of you if you do and those who wouldn’t should not matter anyway. Remember there are far better, less destructive ways in life to have fun.
Which is why I would like to nominate you all (yes you) to have a cup of tea. Some how it does not seem so cool when it does not involve alcohol right, well I can assure you it is certainly a lot more satisfying. Yes, pour yourself a cup of tea (any type – however you like it) and get comfy – unlike NeckNomate you can take as long as you like and you really do not need to video document it. Better yet you do not have to nominate anyone, not unless you want to and if you are nominated do not feel you have to do it. It may not contribute to society (much like NeckNominate) but at least you are not putting your life at risk or encouraging others to do the same.