Teens love posting pictures of themselves and others falling down the stairs

Henry Baker
Teens love posting pictures of themselves and others falling down the stairs

The Web is occasionally peculiar in the way it connects people, even unknowingly. You can look at a group of people who have never met and see similar themes to what they do, sometimes even identical behaviors. See, for example, what the Daily Mail calls "twipping." Death and Taxes Mag originally did the search on Twitter for terms such as "fell down stairs." And it turns out that taking pictures of yourself or others about to tumble down the stairs, falling down the stairs, or lying in a heap at the bottom is quite a trend. Most of these pictures are presumed to be real, because it isn't something people celebrate or seek out when taking a photo. But the reasons are clear — poking fun at yourself or friends, or giving evidence of what is a potentially dangerous activity. This could become the next "planking" - but most people hope it stops before it becomes a bona fide trend. Commenters on a couple of stories summed up many people's sentiment nicely, writing, "No please just... no," and "have humans really become this pathetic?" Of course, these pictures could all be fake. However, if you do plan on "twipping," please don't actually throw yourself down a flight of stairs.

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