So here’s one thing you don’t need to worry about —yet. (Actually, you may never have to worry about this one.) The Game of 72 made the viral rounds on the Internet this week, scaring parents with a supposed new teen dare fad that involves completely disappearing for three days.
Concerned parents took to Facebook — the same platform supposedly used to encourage kids to go off the grid for 72 hours running —to warn about the web craze du week, but as it turns out, it’s not truly a teen trend, at least yet. Yes, one 13-year-old girl did go missing for three days in France. After she was found, she reportedly said she had participated in the Game of 72, according to the Daily Mail. A subsequent disappearance of two English teenage girls fueled the fire.
But it turns out that other supposed teen disappearances were not part of the game, and that the Game of 72 is not — repeat, is not — a cyber activity about to sweep the globe and send legions of teens out of their homes. According to Sophie Kleeman at Mic, so far the trend appears to be an overreaction.