Another day, another viral challenge hitting users’ TikTok feeds. This time, it’s called the “Pause Challenge.” Unlike other challenges, the “Pause Challenge” refers to multiple viral challenges rather than just one type.
In one version of the Pause Challenge, users are tasked with stopping mid-action and remaining as still as possible. One person pauses mid-action while the other tries their hardest to get them to move, either by making them laugh, throwing objects, or being plain annoying.
The trend is also widely popular on YouTube as creators challenge those around them to stay still as they taunt them, from dangling their phone above water to preparing to pour food over their heads.
For those that were avid internet users a few years ago, it’s similar to the “Mannequin Challenge.” The challenge was popular at the end of 2016, where people froze mid-action (like mannequins) while a moving camera films them. Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” often played in the background of the challenge’s videos.
I had to put her on PAUSE😱😂 @nickibaber ##pausechallenge♬ Pause Challenge – ayypatrick
However, in the other version of the Pause Challenge, a user puts a hidden message or image in their video by having it flash for a couple of seconds. It challenges users to land on the message and users usually take to the comments to share their success or lack of it.
The YouTube video down below has a compilation of Pause Challenge videos and challenges viewers to succeed at all 20 of them to find the hidden photos or images.