There are always new crazes that young people of the world want to participate in. Unfortunately, video sharing sites, such as Instagram and Vine have made it easier to spread trends such as McDiving. This is a new trend that is emerging around the country. It seems to be replacing trends such as owling and planking. There are a few things you should know about this.
What Is McDiving?
The first thing you should know is what this trend is. It is the act of a person jumping over the counter at McDonalds. Usually they just throw themselves over the counter and watch what happens. Often times this is associated with a night out drinking and partying. The real way that this fad differs from owling and planking is that it does not have the same issues and concerns that the others do.
The Issues McDiving Causes
The biggest issue with this trend is that it is a complete lack of respect. There are many things that can go wrong when these stunts are pulled. For instance, a person could be injured when they jump over the counter and the restaurant could be held liable. There is also the chance for someone else to be hurt during the ordeal, namely the employees. There is also the chance that they could damage property.
There are many ways that someone can be hurt. One is when they go over the counter they could end up harming themselves if they do not time the landing properly as they tend to just flop on the counter and hurl themselves over. Also, these restaurants tend to be very busy and employees are running all over. This could cause someone to get hurt by someone walking by or even by something that has been spilled on the floor. There are endless situations that could happen when a person does this and the majority of them are not positive. This is why it is something that needs to be stopped.
If property is damaged, then this could be where legal actions are taken. The systems they use for taking orders is not cheap and if the register is broke by someone willfully jumping over a counter then this can be grounds for being arrested and having charges filed.
Another thing to think about here is the long term effect that this trend can cause which is on the person’s reputation. Over the last decade we have seen the damaging effects that pictures can do on social media. With McDiving, the incident is recorded and put online as a way to show off for friends and followers. While this may seem cool as a teenager or young adult, when you get out into the workplace, this is something that may come back to haunt the McDiver.
The Economic Effect
Part of the issue with this trend is that it can be a serious liability for McDonald’s. While not everyone who does this does get hurt or damage any property, there is still the chance that this could happen. This means that the stores will now need to start employing security guards, especially in restaurants where this is a problem.
The cost may become a burden on the company who in turn may raise their rates just to be able to afford keeping the security guards. The cost for insurance will start to go up once people start to get hurt and lawsuits are filed, which will be seen in the raising of prices. In other words, the people will end up having to pay for the mistakes of people who want to act recklessly and without respect for others.
This is evident in stores where there is a large amount of theft. The company must pay people to be there to keep the place secure and the cost of this security for the store ends up making the products or services more expensive in the long run for the consumer.
The Evolution of McDiving
Another major issue with social media sites is that they force fads to evolve in order to stay relevant and cool. This means that the stunts progressively get more dangerous until someone is seriously injured or a new fad is brought on. This means that the trend may move to using other restaurants or even just finding different ways to pull the stunt.
There are already videos of teens who McDive together, one right after another, eventually pulling down the register. This is only the beginning and it is only a matter of time before they start finding new ways to make this fun and interesting. While it is not a positive thing to think about, it is a very real scenario.
How to Keep Your Child from McDiving
There is a saying about how kids will be kids and while this is true, there are still many things you can do as a parent to make sure that your child acts with respect for themselves as well as for others.
The best thing you can do is to make sure that they understand why things are wrong. By the time your children are old enough to be out at a restaurant like McDonald’s by themselves they will know what is right and wrong, but it is still helpful to make sure they understand why it is wrong to do these things.
It is also important to make sure you follow through on punishments. There is no one right punishment for a child as every child and situation is different. The main thing to keep in mind is consistency. There are many children out there who are never held accountable for the things they do in life, which can leave them disillusioned and lacking the proper social skills to keep dangerous situations such as this from happening.
It is also a good idea to make time to talk with your child. You should understand what is going on in their life and what they are doing when they are out and about. While you do not need to be your child’s best friend and know all their secrets (this would honestly be unhealthy for a teenager) you should at least have an indication of where they are going and what they are doing when they are out and about. Remember that parents can be held legally responsible, which is one of the many reasons to make sure your kids understand what is going on.
The Bottom Line
McDiving is just another fad that children are doing today. The problem with these trends is that they seem to be productively more destructive and harmful. Also, children today tend to have an overwhelming need to track their every moment and show it off to the world. This can be dangerous in many different ways.
This behavior is what leads children to become bullies and to get themselves into trouble. This is because it all starts with a lack of respect for others. Make sure you take the time to talk to your child about this and other fads out there. Help them to understand that they can be a leader rather than a follower and the dangers of always following trends, such as this.