Social media is awesome. It keeps us in contact with friends and family around the world. But, there is a downside to social media as well, including some of the social media challenges that have surfaced over the past few years.

In the past, you had the condom challenge where people were trying to snort condoms up their nose which could cause them to suffocate. You had the Tide Pod challenge where somebody would bite into a Tide laundry detergent pod which could poison someone.

There were also fire challenges and hot water challenges which caused several people to get burned.

Well, according to CBS Sacramento, the new social media challenge is called the "48-hour missing challenge". Basically, friends challenge each other to hideout for 48 hours so their names will turn up on social media as missing.

Imagine how scared you would be if your kid went missing for two days. I'm sure you would have the police involved, maybe conduct a search of your neighborhood, and then you would probably turn to social media to plead to anyone that might have seen your child, to come forward and let you know where they were.

Of course, kids do stupid things, and they might think that this is just a fun challenge, but it's really no laughing matter. Besides wasting the time of first responders, time that could be better used saving people that really need help, they could add a lot of unnecessary stress to families everywhere.

No to mention the whole boy who cried wolf scenario.

[via CBS Sacramento]