Tik-Tok: The Raw Truth
In the age of technology and social media, Tik-Tok has taken over the world in a mad fury. Teenagers have amassed fortunes larger then most celebrities and the secrets of the stock market can be laid out for millions to discover.
Tik-Tok: the app that controls the masses. Kids like Charli D-Amelio and Addison Rae have amassed millions in their net worth over simple 59 second dancing videos. But whether you're a 16-year-old kid making up catchy dances to viral songs, or a grandparent getting famous for being cooler than most kids in today’s generation, this app caters to you and everyone in-between.
For the longest time I absolutely REFUSED to download the app. Call it pride, or just being a curmudgeon millennial, my mind couldn't fathom why these 16 year olds were reaching Kardashian level fame over videos that had no depth or humor to them. Eventually I escaped my "holier-than-thou" mindset, coming to the realization that Tik-Tok is the equivalent to my generations 'Vine' app: Short videos that made no sense but impacted billions of people. Putting my pride aside, I finally succumbed and hit the download button.
I cannot express how pleasantly surprised I was with Tik-Toks platform. With millions of users, I found videos that appealed to any and all niche populations. After only two days on the app, it’s supposed “algorithm” placed me in the niche of “#witchtok” and “#spiritualtiktok”. By liking a few select videos at sporadic points, the apps creators were able to pin my interests with such accuracy it was borderline invasive. I don’t mean this with any negative connotation though, I was thoroughly impressed if anything.
Two days in and I was hooked. My assumption of the app being a Gen-Z playground could not have been farther off point. Granted, there were still plenty of kids trying to make it big by copying the young elites, i.e. Bryce Hall and Dixie D’Amelio, but 90% of videos showing up on my FYP (your ‘for you page’) were of individuals sharing personal stories of how they overcame their insecurities, fell in love with themselves again and wanted nothing other than to spread positivity. It was the most beautiful, authentic form of social media I had ever laid witness to. The raw truth in each video, and the vulnerability displayed, was anything short of inspirational.
Watching absolute strangers open themselves up to the world sparked a new found joy within me. I've always used social media, trying to keep up to date with each app, but I always found people utilize their platforms to make their lives seem perfect. It gave me an unrealistic sense of what life is actually like, that lows will follow the highs and everyone has crap going on behind closed doors. Tik-Tok proved to me that this doesn't always have to be the case with social media platforms.
Without looking for them, I had stumbled upon a community of individuals that made me want to follow through in becoming the best version of myself. I posted a video about two weeks ago stating exactly this and it BLEW UP. It’s something I never expected for myself but it’s honestly been an incredible experience. I have talked to so many people from all over the world, learning about their individual ‘spark’ and what sets them aside from the seven billion other inhabitants of this earth. No hateful comments, no self-doubt and no playing pretend; just normal people willing to help others heal, share their personal stories, and spread positivity to create a better world.
In the end, I highly recommend this app to anyone who is still on the fence about it. Sure, you’ll find some stupid videos that don’t mean much to you or your passions, that’s nothing that can be fully sifted out of the picture. With that being said, the videos you choose to associate yourself with will bring you to the most amazing online groups I’ve ever been a part of. My biggest piece of advice: post what makes you happy and what you enjoy doing that most. For example, all of my videos are about inner work, tarot readings and spirituality. I’ve gained close to 14,000 followers in two weeks, and I’ll let you know why…because people can tell that I’m passionate about the content I post! Make sure you don’t post videos just to get famous, post them because they actually mean something to you.
Have fun with it, be creative, and unapologetically express yourself.