The effect of TikTok during COVID-19

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photo credit: Rollingstone

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With everyone locking themselves inside from COVID-19 this past year, people have been finding themselves bored in their homes. Mental health has been a serious issue during the past few months without friends and family to visit and spend time with. 

As a result, many have resorted to other activities to cope with their isolation. Some have resorted to media like Netflix or Youtube, or to connect with others many have had digital Zoom parties and conferences. 

But one of the most notable uses of digital media has been the increasing use of the app TikTok. 

The app has an average of 800 million users worldwide according to DataPortal and the number of users has exploded since its launch in 2016, especially in March and during quarantine. TikTok has reported that its users spend nearly an hour on the app per day, either making their own short videos or exploring the wide range of content to be enjoyed on the app.

Though TikTok originally targeted the teen population, demographics of all ages have been sucked into this addicting app.

By clicking on the small plus sign located at the bottom of the screen, you can make short videos for the entertainment of yourself and others online by creating funny clips, learning dances to popular songs, or showing off art and other things. Many are exploring the new medium and coming up with creative ways to use the format.

Or, if someone isn’t into making contests themselves, many are using TikTok as entertainment simply through watching.

“My ‘For You’ Page is filled with like-minded people who are also struggling through online school,” states Saanvi Patel, a Hillcrest High student taking her courses online this year.

“They are using humor to cope, and it is helping me with my mental health when I can get a laugh out of it too.”

  TikTok has boomed in popularity in recent months, especially while everyone has been stuck at home during COVID-19. Many have used it to make connections with other people while they are unable to do so in person, being able to laugh and lose themselves in the endless videos online.

Student at Hillcrest High, Peyton Denkers, commented that “TikTok is relatable because it’s normal people doing normal things and I like it because I can find things that cater towards my certain interests.”

Denkers went on to say that the short clips have helped her cope during isolation, allowing her to have some interaction with others and feel a human connection.

TikTok is appealing to a wide audience, and many are using it just like Patel and Denkers to help them during the loneliness and craziness of the pandemic.