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TOPIC: Acting like a frozen chicken is the new planking?

Acting like a frozen chicken is the new planking? 08 Oct 2015 12:29 #7957

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I normally don't make reference to stories like this, but when I came across it, I had to read it out of sheer curiosity. The title, "For real, acting like a frozen chicken is the new planking". For those of you who don't know what planking, it's when you lay flat on your stomach on any surface for a length of time. You're basically acting like a piece of wood. There's no reason for it, people just do it to do it and it became a very big thing. Some examples of where people plank are on kitchen counters, in the middle of the street, on rooftops. I even saw a picture of a girl with her head in the toilet. But, planking isn't complete unless you post a picture of yourself doing it on social media.

Apparently, the "new thing" to do is getting completely undressed and getting yourself into the position of a frozen chicken. Yes, this is a thing. My first thoughts were, "Are people really THAT bored?” and “What does this accomplish?” It started off as a party trick and quickly took off after it constantly received positive feedback on Facebook. There is an entire Facebook page called Frozen Chook dedicated to this new trend and it is where people post their pictures of themselves acting like frozen chickens. I will admit, some of these pictures are a little funny.

This story made me think of all the crazy things people have been doing over the years, and what crazy things await us in the future. What ever happened to hanging out with your friends, watching a movie, and playing a board game? It seems like people are constantly coming up with new ways to get themselves out there and noticed, even if it involves doing something incredibly ridiculous. I wonder how long this one is going to last.

Here is a link to the article:
hellogiggles.com/frozen-chicken-new-planking/
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Acting like a frozen chicken is the new planking? 23 Oct 2015 13:31 #8187

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brittaney.p wrote:
What ever happened to hanging out with your friends, watching a movie, and playing a board game? It seems like people are constantly coming up with new ways to get themselves out there and noticed, even if it involves doing something incredibly ridiculous.

Even people in the 1920's played around with their photograph which is evidenced here.

What you may notice is that people are now behaving differently due to different technology being available. Society did not experience this kind of photo social games because there was no way to share photos easily and because one would have to wait days/hours for a photo to be developed (along with paying for that service). Nowadays, everyone has an internet connected camera (smartphones) which allows one to immediately check if the photo came out right, allows one to cheaply take as many photos as possible, and allows one to easily share the photos to millions of people for free.

I don't think it's wrong to say that people are social animals and enjoy sharing experiences with different people so there should be no surprise that people are trying to get noticed through entertaining photographs. After all, people started acting differently when newspapers became an accessible tool for the general public but society has learned to accept that as part of human nature. I think it's simply common for people to glamorize the old days due to nostalgia and forget how difficult life was back in the day.

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Acting like a frozen chicken is the new planking? 23 Oct 2015 15:36 #8189

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I agree that when I hear about new trends related to planking that I think the same of people being really bored. I think people are really bored because it seems that planking -- or any other same trend -- has no purpose; it just is something to do.
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