Are teens addicted to Tik Tok

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In this current day and age, social media is at an all time high. People, especially teenagers and young adults, spend most of their time on phones browsing through social media apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. TikTok is certainly no exception and has been one of the most used social media platforms in recent years. While the app has gained a strong following over time, there have been a collective of people who voiced their distaste of TikTok and show concern for people who used the app which begs the question: Are teens obsessed with TikTok? And how does it affect them?
TikTok emerged around late Summer 2018 when another app Musical.ly was acquired by Chinese company, ByteDance, which incorporated Musical.ly into its own TikTok app. Since the merge, TikTok quickly became a popular app worldwide, reaching over one billion downloads, according to certain sources, but it also became controversial and was criticized for its lack of creativity and unoriginality and the fact that people became famous making uncreative 30 second videos while other content creators had put in hard work, only to get less than half the fame that most TikTokers have.
Aside from that, TikTok has gotten flack from a few other countries and has been banned from Hong Kong, China, surrounding issues the city was going through, and in India, due to the government deeming it prejudicial to sovereignty to the country. The United States came close to banning TikTok at one point because former president Donald Trump claimed the app was endangering the national security of America. This caused a huge outrage from many teenagers who were strongly opposed to the idea of banning TikTok. I even experienced people around me reacting negatively towards this news. A couple of my own friends and some others were strongly opposed to the idea of TikTok being banned from the USA.
This plays into the addiction that teens have towards TikTok. Take into account that the app, despite only existing for about three years, has already gained over a billion users, nearly rivaling apps like Instagram, which have been around for over a decade. Studies have shown that TikTok users from age four to fifteen spend over 85 minutes on the app, meaning kids are spending 85+ minutes on an app where videos don’t extend past three minutes long. Sources, such as “The International Journal of Environmental Research of Public Health,” have also stated that teenagers obsessed with the apps have displayed signs of anxiety and depression.
Another problem TikTok suffers from is the high number of people on the platform who lack basic morals. Many teens on TikTok and in modern social media culture in general will behave and act in an insensitive manner. Most will do it if it means that they get any sort of attention.Teens are so desperate for any sort of clout or publicity on the internet that they will stoop to the lowest level to get it. For example, I have come across TikToks where a teenager was disrespecting Cam Newton as well as kids insulting deceased people in a graveyard. Despite the disrespect shown in these TikToks, they pale in comparison to the time when TikTok news about a man who murdered a 25-year-old woman and her newborn child were being spread. When he got arrested, there was a huge surge of females on TikTok who wanted him to be released because they deemed him “cute” and “handsome.” Multiple YouTube videos have touched upon this topic. In this day and age, teens have become so infatuated with people on the internet that are considered to be attractive that they will ignore any negative traits that the person may have as long as they perceive these people as attractive.
From all the frequent news and research done on this ever growing social media app, it’s unanimous that TikTok is considered, by a large majority of people, to be an unhealthy site where kids and teenagers will throw away their morals, common sense, and standards for short videos that usually recycle the same audio, music, and concepts, and the more time teens spend on the app, the more their mental health and behavior degrades.