UNM students create buzz with social experiment videos

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They’re edgy and bold. A pair of UNM students are making waves on campus for what they call social experiments, and they’re all caught on camera. The two say they used to watch prank videos online and thought to themselves, “we can do that, and we can do it better.” So, the two set off to do just that.

Videos like “Asking Strangers for Piggyback Rides” have students at UNM talking.

“That’s so horrible,” incoming UNM student Hannah Mora says with a laugh.

“It is weird,” remarks UNM student Corey Vandergeest.

Yet, the two UNM students who created the videos say that’s exactly the point.

“There’s this hard balance that we’re trying to find which is like controversy and having fun,” says video creator Levi Martinez.

Martinez and fellow UNM student Christian Puckett call themselves AntiSocial. Their videos aim towards pushing social boundaries.

“People are so stuck in their comfort zones and it’s fun to shake things up,” says Martinez.

From asking strangers to help them cross the street and snapping photos of unassuming students, to shaking hands and holding on a little too long, the two say the awkward interactions are something everyone can relate to. Plus, they’re funny. Most students KRQE News 13 spoke with agree and say, why not?

“It’s not something to offend anyone then I don’t see a problem with it. You can always make a friend out of anything, just breaking the ice,” explains UNM student Rene Lopez.

“I think it’s great. He’s having fun. He’s going out there and making people laugh and making friends,” says UNM student Aspen Austin.

Yet, others say being approached by a stranger could be scary.

“I definitely would steer away from that person because, sadly, nowadays you can’t really do that right away. You think, this is a pervert, someone’s going to kidnap me,” Mora explains.

So, what about UNM? Many of these videos are shot on campus.

“We are an open-access campus. It’s a public university so it’s no different than you standing on a sidewalk and taking pictures of something else,” says UNM Communications Director Dianne Anderson.

But the university will be keeping an eye on the videos – making sure Martinez and Puckett don’t pawn their videos off as UNM official.

UNM did say they hope the students are respectful, that they get permission to from those they record on camera and tell them where the footage is going.

Martinez and Puckett say they do get permission and if they don’t, they either don’t use the footage or they blur faces.

The two say they hope to one day make money off their videos. To view the videos, check out AntiSocial’s YouTube channel.

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