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post #1 of 18
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I just saw this. How scary!
post #2 of 18
Belive it or not, this is nothing new. When I was in college (late 1980's) there were two guys who used to do this to each other. They called it The Choking Game.

I asked my middle school son if he knew of anyone who did this and he looked at me like I had bananas coming out of my ears. I took that as a "NO".
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Emma's Friend
Belive it or not, this is nothing new. When I was in college (late 1980's) there were two guys who used to do this to each other. They called it The Choking Game.

I asked my middle school son if he knew of anyone who did this and he looked at me like I had bananas coming out of my ears. I took that as a "NO".
I too have heard of this, going back to my teen years in the 80's.
post #4 of 18
My sister and I did this in the 70s, I'm the one that decided it was nuts and stopped, as well as stopping her.
I always thought your big sister should look out for you, not the opposite.
post #5 of 18
I think the media takes thinks like this as absolute. Just like every college student binge drinks, every teenager drinks and smokes everything under the sun. I don't pay much attention to repeorts like this.
post #6 of 18
I did this in middle school--around the time kids are trying things like "Bloody Mary" in the mirror, "Light as a Feather," and "The Wall" (or something). We didn't do it to feel a high, we just did it to see if it would work, I guess. It was supposed to make you faint, and we wondered what it would be like to faint. Like, what you would see and feel, or if you would remember anything at all. We didn't think about there being any risks, as kids usually don't.

I only did it once, with my hands, and it worked but right as I was about to fall (I was standing against a wall), my friends screamed and I came to. Good thing too, because we were standing in her garage and I'd have hit hard garage floor head first!
post #7 of 18
I think when kids resort to things like this (and the drugs they avoid by doing this) to get high and escape from everyday life, parents, teachers and basically every adult in society need/s to ask themselves this: what are we doing to our kids to make them NEED to get high so badly that they'll choke themselves?

However, by the wording of this particular article, you can tell that it's meant to scare parents...more, more, MORE terror piled on to EVERYONE involved. Sometimes, the media makes me gag.
post #8 of 18
On second thought, maybe THIS is why I get that warm and fuzzy feeling after a good long practice session on flute! (Which, this may be hard for you to believe, takes more air to operate correctly than a tuba)
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Purr
I did this in middle school--around the time kids are trying things like "Bloody Mary" in the mirror, "Light as a Feather," and "The Wall" (or something). We didn't do it to feel a high, we just did it to see if it would work, I guess. It was supposed to make you faint, and we wondered what it would be like to faint. Like, what you would see and feel, or if you would remember anything at all. We didn't think about there being any risks, as kids usually don't.
Purr explained it really well!

Yeah, we were doing this a few years back - you would even end up hallucinating. I was basically hyperventilating and then starving yourself of oxygen until you pass out.
post #10 of 18
Yeah, this news is decades late.
This was called "passout" when I was in elementary (grade) school.
Kids did it in the playground and I don't remember a teacher ever questioning it!
I was too chicken. It looked like you could well...potentially die.
And I don't like to do that.
post #11 of 18
Yep way way back, I remember seeing this "played" as a kid. There were two brothers on our block and they used to do this to each other during "statuemaker" (anyone remember that game?) One brother would start hyperventaling, while the second brother came up behind, gave him a big bear hug squeezed hard and held till he passed out. We all thought they were nuts.
post #12 of 18
I think the danger of this practice is very real. I've seen specials on this and watched the grieving parents who have lost their children from this "game." They all wonder what they could have done to prevent the deaths of their children.

This is why it is SO important for parents to talk to their children about risky behavior such as drugs and "choking games." Maybe if children were a bit more realistic about the consequences, we'd have less fatalities.
post #13 of 18
No offense to anyone who tried this, but isn't this one of the STUPIDEST things you've ever heard? My gosh - practically killing yourself or someone else for a 10 second high? Geesh, at least with drugs it lasts longer! What happened to parents teaching their kids common sense? I may have done some stupid things as a kid, but I knew that choking someone or not breathing could make you die. Apparently this small bit of information isn't getting passed down to these kids anymore.
post #14 of 18
Unlike many of you, I haven't heard of this before. I can see how this can be even worse than drugs and alcohol because there are no telltale signs. What a horrible game. Just another thing that makes me happy I don't have human children.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by valanhb
My gosh - practically killing yourself or someone else for a 10 second high? Geesh, at least with drugs it lasts longer!
Yeah, I would personally go with drugs if I was going to kill myself - at least you'll experience a much longer lasting euphoria before you die.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I may have done some stupid things as a kid, but I knew that choking someone or not breathing could make you die.
Yeah! I did some stupid things too. When I was little, I used to spin around as fast as I could and fall down because it was fun to get dizzy. Choking myself? I just can't imagine!
post #17 of 18
It certainly is a scary thought..but it was a "cool thing" to do when I was in highschool (not saying that's acceptable) but I saw alot of kids around me that did it. I know myself that the thought never occured to me that doing it could kill you...just being a dumb naive kid I guess??. Maybe if their parents took the time to explain the dangers to them it wouldn't be so much fun anymore??
post #18 of 18
my cousin and i did this to eachother a few times years ago. i know there are different variations. but we would stand up against a wall. then the other would place their palms on the sides of our neck. we take a breath out, then in, then they gently push and apply pressure, once we kinda slid down the wall we would catch eachother. i know one time i woke up and my whole body looked/felt like champaigne, like i saw my skin all bubbly champaigne looking. but it was only like 3-5 times then we heard people in prison died from it?? or something..but i did read how a girl like actually was found hanging and they thought maybe she was doing that..choking thing. yea its stupid to do. but even more stupid to do it by yourself...but yea thats horrible its like so 'popular'
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