TikTok affects teens in ways they may not realize

TikTok, a social media platform where users can share short videos, has captured a whopping one billion users since it’s release in 2016. However, since the release, the app has shown to have it’s pros and cons. 

The app is a great way to share ideas, laugh at pranks, and overall it’s a great form of entertainment. But is it as good as it seems?

Lifestyle is a big topic of posts on the app, which can lead to many issues including self esteem issues, fear of missing out (FOMO), body image issues, depression and so much more. 

Cyberbullying, one of the biggest downsides to social media, is an issue on the app. It’s easy to leave negative comments and post crude things about people. But, there is a huge positivity community on the app, so while there is the cruel side, it’s not hard to find positivity on the timeline.

Social media addiction has been an issue that all social platforms face, but with TikTok, the relatable content from other teenagers can make it easy to spend up to hours on the app. According to BackLinko, The average time spent on TikTok is 52 minutes a day, almost an hour.

Another big issue is the fact that there are children on the app, and inappropriate content isn’t always censored. Content that’s suitable for someone who is more mature and older isn’t always appropriate for someone younger and naive. This can have a huge effect on curious young minds and potentially affect a child’s life. 

Luckily, the app is good at removing content they deem inappropriate, keeping the timeline clean and fit to the user’s interests. 

Though there are cons, TikTok is a delicacy to it’s community, I mean they don’t have a billion user’s for nothing! It’s pure entertainment and it can also be used to spread good information to get messages across.