TikTok – Is it invading teenagers lives?

TikTok - Is it invading teenagers lives?

Mackenzie Lewis

TikTok is a social media platform in which users take 15-60 second videos of doing something with a sound behind it. TikTok has taken over the Internet this past year with up to 500 million active users.

TikTok has been a questionable site for a younger audience as certain videos can be 13+ or 18+ depending on the subject, sound, or user. TikTok also has an age restriction of 13 years old, and whether people care about it or not is a different story. This site also has a rather extensive privacy setting agreement compared to other social media networking sites. On another note TikTok users can block reactions, disable messaging, hide their accounts from search, and more. “I believe TikTok is a safe networking site for kids our age to be on,” said student Taylor Snell who has a pretty big following 17.3 followers. So from a standpoint this standpoint TikTok is relatively safe.

TikTok is worth 75 billion dollars. TikTok is also owned by Bytedance. Bytedance is a Beijing based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. There have also been rumors that Tik Tok is owned by the Chinese government because most big company in China is usually owned by their government.

TikTok is taking the world by storm by so many teens and even adults with the mindset of becoming famous. Every little kid used to want to be a Youtuber now, however, everyone wants to be TikTok famous. Being Tiktok famous is different than being famous in any other way shape or form though. Sometimes videos go viral and you get a whole bunch of likes but your followers don’t increase much. Other times you get a huge following with some videos with a lot of likes and others with less. “My goal when making videos is to get more views,” Snell explained. Being TikTok famous can be a cool and fun thing but can also be dangerous just as it is for any other celebrity. Being TikTok famous is just as big as being a Youtuber or being a relatively famous actor or singer. People still know who you are and people are still going to be like stalkers and act creepy. TikTok has blown up and if you have a big following then most students probably know who they are and if they are seen in person they are going to want a picture or to meet them. “As I’ve gone out I have had people come up to me who know me from TikTok alone,” said Snell.

Here at NCHS we have a couple TikTok famous students including: Bailey Cox with a following of 63.9K, Caitlin Shunneson with a following of 62.0K , and Taylor Snell with a following of 17.3K. I’m sure we have more students who are TikTok famous as well.

So is TikTok good or bad? It is relatively both good in bad. TikTok is very time consuming with the time watching and creating videos because the app is so obsessive but it is also a cool and fun app where students and adults can get creative, make people laugh, voice their unpopular opinions, and even speak out some heartfelt truth. Someday’s TikTok can really make someone’s day when it isn’t going very well. TikTok is a good thing for some people and a bad thing for others. Stay safe and have fun with your videos.