Strange Trend Alert: People are Worming (ie. Licking Their Eyeballs)


I like to think I’m a pretty nonjudgmental person, even when it comes to sexual desires. People differ on certain levels, especially when it comes to what does and does not turn them on. Everyone’s got their own kinks, and as long as it doesn’t involve you or cause harm to anyone who is involved, then you really have no place to say what is or isn’t right for others to do in the privacy of their own homes.

However, I draw the line at eyeball licking.


It’s been reported that teenagers in Japan have begun licking each other’s eyeballs as a sign of affection. This trend is believed to have been started when it was realized how good it feels. According to Medical Daily, “The cornea is the most innervated part of the body. That’s why it might feel good to have it licked.” This trend is called Oculolinctus, or, more popularly, Worming – and no, I have no idea why it’s called this, nor do I care to find out.

Worming was first made public in Japan when a teacher noticed that many of their students were showing up to class sporting eye patches. This is because of how unsanitary Worming is. There is so much more bacteria in the mouth than on the eye, and licking someone’s eyeball can easily give them pink eye or worse, eye-chlamydia (please, for the love of god, do not google image search eye-chlamydia, or you will hate yourself until the end of days). While this is currently very popular in Japan, apparently this phenomena has been going on all over the world for a while now.

I find it fascinating that this trend exists, considering how many people don’t even like touching their own eyeball, let alone having it licked. While I personally have no problem putting in my contacts every morning, or even touching my eyes when weirding out some of my friends, the idea of someone licking my eye makes me cringe.

All together this act is unsanitary and will continue to cause eye infections, but hey, maybe this will open the market for tongue condoms. Ah, what a world we live in.

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