Is TikTok damaging our youth?

Those of you that have followed me for quite some time already know about my hatred for TikTok. Well, a few weeks ago, that feeling skyrocketed to an entirely new level. 

So as you read this, please keep in mind that I am only speaking for myself, and I’m not shaming anyone for choosing to sit and watch video after video.

However, if you want your kids to do better, you have to show them better. Let your kids see you reading a book, advancing your career, helping others through words or actions.

I digress, the other day, I watched a few videos on Tiktok, and I found myself staring at the screen and wondering what else these folks have going on in their lives. 

Do they live and die for making videos and using the same sounds like everyone else?

When they see a trendy video, do they lose their breath trying to figure out how they will copy the same bullshit they just watched? 

Maybe it’s the adult in me, but I cringe to think about how our youth craves to be the next social media influencer. My concerns with that are, 

  1. How much does that pay
  2. Will you have job security
  3. Will, you still be relevant when you are 30
  4. How much of your life do you have to share to secure views
  5. How will this affect your mental health
  6. How many brain cells are you losing every day

Our youth are increasingly thinking and trying to find the easy way to make money. Going to college and studying for the next four years or so isn’t sexy enough. They want fame and money now. All without the need of picking up a book, and Lord forbid they ACTUALLY LEARN SOMETHING!

As long as they continue to make meaningless videos and wreck their brains creating content for likes, they will continue to diminish their value in this world. So instead of raising the next scientists, engineers, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, CEO, we are handing our children devices and saying, “go shake your ass for likes, go live all day and read comments to your fellow Tiktokers.

We are providing them with the false hope of being discovered without possessing a skill or talent. How can we sustain being world leaders if millions want to be “social media influencers”? By the way, what the hell does that even mean??

Oh, and don’t even get me started on the adults on TikTok…shameless!

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37 Replies to “Is TikTok damaging our youth?”

  1. There is definitely a thin edge going on now for making these choices validly with creativity vs only for validation and attention, at the cost of more valuable education.

    1. Amen!!!! I see more videos from our youth that are leaving them scarred and causing depression because they aren’t getting the same they want. Or they did get it and now it’s dwindling down.

  2. Your concerns are very legitimate. I agree that the pull of glamour is strong and can lead our youth towards wasting their time.

    1. Yes such a huge waste of time. One day I was scrolling and following the #BBL and I couldn’t believe all the young girls and some boys that are getting these done and posting the entire process. I couldn’t help but wonder if they did the surgery for views and sought after fame. Just don’t understand

  3. Gurlllll, how much time do you have? 😲 It’s almost like being hooked on cocaine, crack, and heroine at one time. You said how many brain cells are being lost every day? How about every minute or every second? 🤯😱😝

    1. It is a drug for sure and will leave these kids with serious depression. The y become hooked on the attention and start to crave it. Freaking scary!!!!!

  4. I’m not a big Tik Tok fan and totally get what you are writing about here, Belladonna. My sister has told me a couple of times to take my poetry to Tik Tok and I’m just not interested. I think youth need a reality check on becoming a social media influencer, whatever that is, as you write. What’s the data show on how many people actually get “big” enough to influence something. Small percentage of the people, I imagine. Anyway, great post!

    1. Jeff your poetry is too amazing for TikTok!!!! But tyour sister is wise becaue it should be shareed on many platforms.
      The lifee span of an influencer is short and dveeerybfew make it. Then they hit a depression. I see it time and time again. Just sad

      1. Aww, thank you, Belladonna. ❤️ You are so kind! Ah, I see, I had no idea about the depression part, and yet it makes perfect sense to me, and is sad.

    1. I never thought of this before but it makes total sense!!! Seniors are total prey for scammers, I’ve seen it with my own elderly aunt calling me saying “MY FACEBOOK WAS HACKED I HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING WITH MY CREDIT CARD” I’m like oh no no no……!!!

      1. That’s so terrible and breaks my heart. Thanks goodness your Aunt called you first. I have a few elderly clients that were falling for scams on Facebook. I was so furious!!!

      2. It’s so sad…it makes me feel terrible because we kind of push the elderly to get into social media like Facebook to keep up with the family etc. and then they get preyed upon 🤦‍♀️

      3. I just really thought about that and was like wow we really push them to do these things they aren’t inherently interested in and then they get hooked and scammed. Or we poke fun- my Grandmother who’s 80 years old is an avid Facebooker and is always getting put in “Facebook jail” for saying controversial things, mostly political things. She doesn’t understand the “etiquette” of Facebook. If we are going to push them to use technology we need to educate them on how to use it properly. 🤷‍♀️ it’s definitely something to think about!

      4. You nailed it!!!! I know and am related to a few older people that are always in FB jail too. They definitely need a lesson in what you can say and what you can’t say 🤦🏽‍♀️

  5. THANK YOU 👏!!! I agree 100% with you. I am so sick of TikTok. I wrote a post about how it was so terrible for my own mental health, I don’t have children, however, I can’t even imagine what it is doing to children. It is a terrible concept and it is so easy to get sucked in! 😡

  6. Me, personally, I don’t mind tiktok. I just don’t care enough to download it. My friend on the other hand, has 800+ subscribers. I like tiktok because they made an account to promote my website. Therefore, I do not mind tiktok because it is a very popular site and can become an asset for advertising.

    1. I agree with you. If you use it the right way then it will definitely help you with your busiesss. Thank you so much for addding that Alissa

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