Monday, May 16, 2022

The Next Bad Thing, TikTok

By: Lucas DeBella/Senior Writer

Alright, so for those that have no idea what TikTok is… Go to a new tab and google it. Everyone knows about this new social media app and if you don’t, you’re probably living under a rock. Now that you hopefully know what TikTok is we can now delve into the two problems that I see with this new viral app.

The first problem is the content. For example, if you ever opened up TikTok and just flicked your thumb to scroll down fast, more than half of the videos are of these goofy boys, biting their lips, being shirtless with other guys, or doing some random sexual innuendo. And man, do middle school girls go berserk for this. Also, why do these guys think that it’s normal to put on a show in front of the camera with another or several other guys? Does not one of them go “aye, do you think this is pretty weird and embarrassing? I’m out.” That doesn’t happen, though, they proceed on with it, and I can’t even fathom that.

The second problem would have to be the fake appeal almost everyone creates to gain support and followers, or “doing it for the clout” as some call it.  A trend that is popular on TikTok is these videos related to depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders, that somehow, everyone has. You have a better chance at finding a pot of gold at the other side of a rainbow, then you do at finding someone without anxiety or at least someone who doesn’t think they have it.

So, in conclusion, TikTok is the lowest tier of entertainment. The videos are only good when the creator actually puts work into it. Instead of doing a goofy dance, lip-syncing, or just posing for the camera with their shirt off, maybe creators should try to make productive content to make their viewers happy. Even though this is one of the most popular apps on the market, content creators can do much better than what’s being produced at the moment.

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Kimberly Davenport
Kimberly Davenport grew up in Montrose, Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English and digital journalism at Blue Ridge High School, and is the adviser for the school's online newspaper, the Raider Reader. Kimberly loves traveling, spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), and can often be found reading a good book.

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