North Carolina man dives into shark-infested waters for YouTube views

Kristen Walters

Would you risk your life by jumping into shark-infested water for $100,000?

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YouTubers and social media influencers will stop at nothing to get views, even if that means putting themselves or others at risk.

In a recent YouTube video by Mr. Beast, aka. Jimmy Donaldson makes a wager to his friend and crew member Chris Tyson.

He offers to give $100,000 to Chris's "#1 fan" if Tyson jumps into shark-invested waters to retrieve a small red backpack full of cash.

Before Tyson can answer, Donaldson chucks the backpack into the water from the deck of a small boat, and Tyson leaps into the water after it. The video goes on to show sharks of various sizes swimming around the North Carolina man as he goes after the bag of cash.

At one point in the video, Tyson swims up to the surface and shouts, "Jimmy, it's too far down!" Donalson replies, "the sooner you get the money, the sooner you can get out."

Eventually, Tyson secures the bag and swims a few dozen meters back to the boat through the shark-invested waters. His friends pull him back on board, and he passes the wet bag of cash to Tyson's alleged "#1 fan," who proceeds to give him a kiss on the cheek for his efforts.

While Mr. Beast has massive budgets for his videos due to his popularity on YouTube and most likely takes extreme precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the participants in his videos, the greater concern is the growing trend that social media influencers feel like they have to keep "upping the ante" to get attention online, even if that means putting themselves and others in dangerous situations.

What do you think about this?

Would you risk your life for views and attention online?

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