TikTok: A spot the place unhealthy concepts unfold unchecked | Teen
I don’t like TikTok. At all.
The platform is a near-perfect breeding ground for trends as information is distributed and quickly absorbed into pop culture. It offers a new medium for creative expression and development, but that’s not always positive.
Many of the trends on the platform revolve around popular songs and dance moves or repetitive jokes. Much of the content, in my opinion, is neither original nor interesting. And as innocuous as it theoretically seems, a lot of TikTok content is a negative demonstration of our culture and technology.
Trends on the platform have an alarming tendency to deal with high-risk or socially inappropriate things that could cause a parent or potential employer to think twice about attitudes. Some users are okay with this, but it’s important to remember that videos are public material and have an impact, especially for impressive teens who don’t know any better and are dying to become popular with their peers. TikTok seems like a seemingly safe place where bad ideas spread uncontrollably, there are no consequences, and the only thing that matters is clout. This is inevitably a dangerous environment as it leads to depraved and ill-considered actions.
Some criticisms call the app stupid; others claim it promotes elitism or a particular concept of popularity. While I don’t think these claims do justice to all users of the platform, I have to admit that there is at least a little bit of validity given what material tends to manifest itself.
For example, TikTok challenge trends usually “ask” someone to do something unfortunate. These range from downright stupid to incredibly dangerous: shaving teeth to dots, eating muesli out of someone else’s mouth, putting coins in sockets, sniffing cinnamon. … the list goes on. One would hope that at some point common sense would prevail and those trends would subside, but that wasn’t the case with TikTok. Instead, this is a platform for bad ideas and influences like cancer to spread.
Although I don’t use TikTok for these reasons, the app affects all of Gen Z. Just like all baby boomers are associated with hippies, although this group is a specific subculture of the generation, what teenagers do is called “generalized”. Gen Z thing. “The truth is we have a reputation and an image to uphold, and TikTok is doing us a disservice as it is. Trends that encourage the pouring of soda on the floor of a restaurant or commit disgusting or stupid public behavior encourage a negative generation image – one I would rather not be associated with.