Teenagers love it. The “purity test” returns today through social networks. An “unhealthy” trend is alerting us to the doctor Christophe Cutarella, psychiatrist and addictologist in Marseille.

Teenagers love it. The “purity test” was in fashion at the beginning of the 2000s: it was, among others, the famous “Griffor”, tested by more than ten million people.

He returns today through social networks, reviewed and corrected by a geek from Brittany nicknamed “Boudah”. This new version of the “Rice Purity Test” , which is intended “a more complete and more current version” than the previous one according to the webmaster , consists, in about fifty questions dealing with the themes of alcohol, sex, hygiene, morality and drugs, to evaluate our rate of “purity”, but especially that of “impurity”.

The subtitle of the home page is equivocal: “This game of dubious taste will teach you a lot about yourself …”

The questions are rather trashy and, obviously, the results deserve to be shared on social networks, since the hashtag “RicePurityTest” appeared on Twitter, accompanied by screenshots of cumulated points and comments.

Several Internet users have also offended the information requested and what they imply.

Beyond this disturbing trend that sweeps across social networks, what does this emphasis on purity, or vice versa, say about our society? Are there perverse effects on this practice? Can we provide so much data about oneself on safe social networks? Answers with Dr. Camarilla, psychiatrist and addictologist in Marseille, member of the Ramsay General Health Foundation.

Teens love these purity tests. What does this emphasis on their “purity” or “impurity” reflect?

She does not want to say anything! On the one hand, “pure” or “unclean” are terms that can only be used in chemistry or in scientific fields because they have a definition, but certainly not to define a person, and not in this context social. History has shown us the nonsense, the incoherence, the risks and the damage that this kind of denomination can cause. This certainly reflects an uneasiness among these young people who need recognition, or knowledge, that is to say, to make themselves known through these social networks. On the other hand, I also think that social networks are a playground for swinging anything and everything, without doing it firsthand. Would these young people do the same? They were facing each other? We are a little hidden when we are behind the computer: we can say certain things to some people or talk about themselves in a tone or in areas disproportionate to the usual. It’s also the drift of social networks, finally.

Examine Yourself: https://takericepuritytest.com

Is this highlighting inevitably unhealthy?

It’s completely unhealthy if it’s used like that, especially since today we start cyberbullying, young people who can go very far in these “games” unhealthy and dig a malaise. It is also codes of a society that do not fix on sound bases, on common sense. It’s a bit of an internal way of working that we did not have a decade ago, when social networks had not reached the scale they have today … would be interesting to see who is behind this kind of questionnaire: is it a group of young people who were bored, or are they adults who were thinking about where they wanted to come from? Addressing to young people?

Should we warn young people and their parents?

It is true that this kind of test can lend to smile, it is said that it is a little flush with the daisies, but it is still quite amazing to see the extent that it takes. It’s good to warn young people, their parents, and future parents. It is a funny phenomenon anyway. And adolescence is always a period of questioning about one’s being, one’s body, one’s psyche, one’s life.

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