Every now and then a strange craze engulfs the internet and you just have to stand back and wonder in its unexpected viralness. Planking and the Harlem Shake of a few years back are a couple of examples of this. Well, we appear to be in the midst of one of those unexplained viral moments again. There is growing popularity around a phenomenon called the Mannequin Challenge– a practice in which you video tape a normally active scene of daily life as if it time was standing still. Here are a few examples:
First Lady Michelle Obama, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the White House take the Mannequin Challenge:
Hillary Clinton’s Campaign with Jon Bon Jovi take the Mannequin Challenge:
The Chicago Bears take the Mannequin Challenge:
So how big has this viral video craze become? Here are a few of the interesting Mannequin Challenge statistics I have been able to dig up. Not a bunch to go off of yet, but much more to come. As always, I will be updating this post regularly as more stats become available, so stay tuned!
Mannequin Challenge Statistics:
Most popular mannequin video (by views) on YouTube:
The Late Late Show with James Corden (911,000 views as of 11/12/16):
Most popular mannequin video on Facebook:
BYU Gymnastics (6.8 million views as of 11/12/16):
Number of mentions of Mannequin Challenge on Twitter to date:
Last updated 11/11/16
Number of mentions of #MannequinChallenge on Instagram:
16.294 million according to Hashtracking
Last updated 11/12/16
More stats to come very soon!