Love to hate it or hate to love it, one thing’s for sure…TikTok’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Is that a good or a bad thing? In my mind, it’s absolutely both. There are so many good things about the internet, and as a person with a self-diagnosed addiction to the internet, I won’t pretend I want it banished. How would I research my hyperfixations at 3am without it?!
Tiktok is funny, and informative, and fun. Every day I’m reminded of how creative and talented people are. And I’m literally on tiktok myself. Like, I post videos. I went a little bit viral. I was, momentarily, slightly tiktok famous for a few days. It was fun.
I can also see the problems, and the potential problems, especially for the younger people I work with every day. So let’s talk about both.
5 ways TikTok has had a negative impact on mental health:
1. Social validation: The constant need to gain likes and followers on TikTok can lead to obsessive thoughts and behaviors that can impact someone's self-esteem and mental health.
2. FOMO and anxiety: TikTok's algorithmic nature can contribute to fear of missing out (FOMO), which can lead to anxiety and depression.
3. Cyberbullying: Like other social media platforms, TikTok can be a breeding ground for cyberbullying, which can lead to a decline in mental well-being.
4. Comparison: Constant exposure to "perfect" bodies, lifestyles, and trends can make TikTok users feel inadequate and foster feelings of self-doubt and insecurity.
5. Addiction: TikTok's algorithm and endless scroll can contribute to addictive behavior, leading to neglect of other duties and responsibilities, and possible feelings of guilt or shame.
5 ways TikTok has had a positive impact on mental health:
1. Community Building: TikTok has a supportive community where individuals can share their experiences and connect with others. This can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
2. Mindfulness and Self-Care: Many users on TikTok share tips and tricks for mindfulness and self-care. This can help individuals develop healthy coping mechanisms and strategies for managing stress.
3. Creative Outlet: TikTok provides a creative outlet where individuals can express themselves. This can boost self-esteem and reduce feelings of anxiety.
4. Education and Awareness: Many TikTok creators use their platform to educate others on mental health and raise awareness for different mental health conditions. This can help to reduce stigma and increase understanding.
5. Laughter and Humor: TikTok is filled with creative and humorous content. Laughing and having fun can release endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress levels.
So what are time thoughts? Do you use TikTok yourself? Do your kids? Are you a poster or a lurker? How do you limit your time, and your kids’ time, on TikTok? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Thank you for reading. Take care of yourself!! ❤️