Is Tik Tok the new addiction among youngsters?

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We are all well aware of the popularity of Tik Tok and the craze for the app among not only among youngsters but also adults. The app however, has been criticized by many who claim that it is addictive.

Recently in Mumbai, a public interest litigation had urged the Bombay High Court to ban popular video sharing app TikTok as it is harming young minds.

Another petition was filed by Heena Darvesh, a mother of three minor children, which claimed that the app is “affecting young people’s minds, more specifically children by causing them addiction issues leading to degraded mental health.”

Also, in July2019, two FIRs were filed in Mumbai following a controversial video/audio that sparked religious enmity.

And these are just a few from the list of petitions filed against the app.

Tik Tok needs no introduction. In today’s virtual world this app has received the most number of appreciation and criticism. It is a low effort short cut to overnight freedom. Even YouTube and Vine have not been able to create the fan base that Tik-Tok has managed to build.

Why has it been criticized?

The designers have been exquisitely smart and have come up with a new concept due to which its popularity skyrocketed.

The audience has been hooked to this app which has gradually turned into an obsession. People have gotten into serious accidents while filming Tik Tok videos. They have even lost their lives. They why is it that people are still going after this app?

  • “TikTok capitalises on short-term creative content that other platforms don’t encourage, by their design and community,” said Brian Solis at the US tech advisory firm Altimeter. The age group that is most active on Tik Tok in terms of usage and viewership ranges between teenage into their 20s.
  • This adolescent and post adolescent age group is in need to validation and approval. And they find solace in the virtual world. This makes them keep coming back for more. They try to make themselves better. This slowly but surely turns into an obsession.
  • Last summer the Indonesian government banned the app after more than 170,000 people signed a petition saying that lip-syncing in revealing outfits was not suitable for children. It was lifted only after TikTok representatives from China flew to Jakarta and promised to hire more people to weed out inappropriate content.
  • The users are able to keep a track of their progress in terms of their popularity. This makes them seek better performances.
  • But the fact remains that Tik Tok videos are not the most productive activity to indulge ourselves in. there is no real world benefit of this popularity.
  • Teenagers have been observed to lose focus in studies and other activities. They gradually cut themselves off from all social activities and focus on those fifteen seconds of fame.
  •  Critics say its surging popularity among young girls in particular exposes them to caustic comments and other potential abuse by their peers, while offering a choice hunting ground for sexual predators.

The solution has to come from parents, who need to understand that the internet is not a world of Care Bears



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