Truth or dare is a mostly verbal party game requiring two or more players. Players are given the choice between answering a question truthfully, or performing a “dare”, both of which are set by the other players. The game is particularly popular among adolescents and children, and is sometimes used as a forfeit when gambling.
The game has existed for hundreds of years, with at least one variant, “questions and commands”, being attested as early as 1712:
A Christmas game, in which the commander bids their subjects to answer a question which is asked. If the subject refuses or fails to satisfy the commander, they must pay a forfeit [follow a command] or have their face smutted [dirtied]
Truth or dare may ultimately derive from command games such as the ancient Greek basilinda (in Greek: Βασιλινδα). This game is described by Julius Pollux: “in which we are told a king, elected by lot, commanded his comrades what they should perform”.
Truth or dare now played in this 21st Century has taken a different view, which is now used as a tool of destruction.
It was observed that, the game can be played with anyone who is anywhere, through the use of internet.
Teenagers, now involve themselves in this game online; the online version of this game has made the game to be seen as an evil game, because it drives you into a lot of evil things online. Where you share pictures or videos you are not suppose to share.
It was also observed that, since the game has taken a different direction, which is now the online version, it now has a time frame when it is played. The game is now played during the early hours of the day 12am-3am.
During the course of the game, some useless questions are asked, which is one of the reasons a christian teenager should never play such game.
You will see questions or dare like:
•Are you a virgin?
•Do you masturbates?
•Kiss the person to your left
Considering these things alone, should discourage you as a christian teenager to flee from such game.
Why is truth or dare a dangerous game?
There are three reasons: Peer pressure, extending comfort zones, and being in control of your future.
We’re all familiar with peer pressure. We seek approval from our peers and try to fit in whenever possible.
The concept of comfort zones are also familiar. The more we perform a particular task, the more comfortable we become with that task. Additionally, we become more likely to do other tasks that might be similar, though it takes some time. This can be a slippery slope that starts as sending selfies and ends with doing naughty videos. Or it starts with drinking alcohol and ends with doing heroine. Maybe.
The third reason is that truth or dare takes the first two concepts and allows you to hand over control of your future to someone else. You’re giving someone permission to tell you to do or say something. It can be harmless, but in the world of bad ideas, this can be a Very Bad Idea. Sure, you can reserve the right to refuse to answer or do whatever is asked of you, but then why are you playing in the first place? Further, if you do refuse, can you resist the peer pressure that is certain to follow?
You are in control of your future. You should never hand that out lightly or take it for granted.
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