A new trend on TikTok is the #PatienceChallenge in which people test the restraint of their child or pet.
The challenge, that is also being called the chocolate challenge or fruit snack challenge, has parents place the child’s favourite snack in front of them and tell them not to eat it until they return from another room.
The camera then records the child’s reactions. A variation of this challenge is doing the same thing with pets:
— Olivia Roche (@oliviarochexx) May 16, 2020
— Worley_ (@WorleyG_) May 17, 2020
— Stephanie (@MissSPaul) May 14, 2020
— Debbie Ann 🦊 (@babyyydebbie) May 18, 2020
— Coconut Rice Bear (@coconutricebear) May 17, 2020
— Tatum Dumont (@Tatum_Dumont) May 16, 2020
— johanis (@jyrhighness) May 17, 2020
I tried the challenge with my son 😂 pic.twitter.com/vj5rRSaKJv
— 𝐤𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐚 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 (@karrrlanichole) May 14, 2020
— andrew kelly (@Andrew__kelly92) May 17, 2020
— 𝖤𝗏𝖾𝗅𝗒𝗇 🌝🌚 (@Zacatecas_xoxo) May 15, 2020
The challenge is similar to a 1970’s psychological study called the ‘Marshmallow Test’. The test was conducted in children below five years to understand their ability to wait to obtain something they want.