The pros and cons of TikTok

Michael Vento, Editor-in-Chief

TikTok has revolutionized twenty-first-century teenage communication. From dance videos to tutorials to political opinionists, the app has it all. With over 800 million users across the world, Tik Tok is growing to be one of the most famous apps ever.

“I’ve learned how to do things that they should have taught us in school,” said NKHS alumna Shelby Swanson. “Stuff like taxes at work, how to change a tire, what to do in an emergency situation.” 

Bella Naughton, a senior, enjoys the opportunity for creativity that TikTok gives to its users. “I like Tik Tok because you are able to create and share anything you love with others,” she said.

“I think TikTok is a good and easy platform for people to find others they identify with, and it helps build small communities,” said senior Alex Davis. Swanson, Naughton, and Davis agree that the app can be extremely beneficial for young adults. 

However, TikTok does not come without its drawbacks. Swanson mentioned that some cons of Tik Tok include addiction. She said, “I can spend hours on TikTok and not even realize it.”

Naughton expressed how TikTok can create image insecurity and spark false standards. “I don’t like how people compare themselves and others to the bigger creators,” she said. “It causes self image issues.”

One of the largest problems with TikTok is the overwhelming amount of “opinionated information.” Thus, the app is flooded with users that spread misinformation. Yet TikTok does fact check; they are working with fact checking companies such as PolitiFact to prevent election falsehoods in particular. The problem is deciding what should and should not be removed. If a video is opinionated, it is difficult to take down. TikTok prides itself on the diversity of their users. Thus, the last thing they want to do is appear biased. 

Pros and cons aside, TikTok has become one of the most popular applications for teenagers and young adults. It has already had a great impact on Generation Z. Still, one question remains: Will TikTok follow suit with other social media and eventually fade into the distance, or will it last for younger generations to enjoy down the road?