TikTok: Why We so Obsessed With You?


Rhieley Mulder, Student of Journalism

With over 500 million users, TikTok has become one of the most popular social media apps. People from around the world, eyes glued to their phones, scroll endlessly through the 60 second video clips. 

Previously, the app was known as Musical.ly. According to Vox, “Musical.ly was acquired for around $1 billion in November 2017 by the Beijing-based tech company ByteDance, which already owned the popular TikTok, a Muscial.ly equivalent.” Musical.ly already totaled 90 million users and fortunately, no one lost their account and they were all switched to Tik Tok accounts once the app was bought.

Since being bought, TikTok has become the most amusing, entertaining and popular social media platform today.

Some people may say that TikTok is boring and annoying. They do not understand the light-hearted humor that the app brings. The app is also rumored to be unsafe. According to ABC News, “Two lawmakers representing both sides of the aisle called on the Director of National Intelligence to conduct an assessment of the “national security risks” posed by the wildly-popular, Chinese-owned app TikTok.” The app is being reviewed by government officials to ensure that user data is being kept safe and private for users.

The government takes into account the safety of apps for those using it in America. They have reached out to the company and continue to assess the app’s safety, so you do not have to worry about it being a risk. TikTok continues to welcome everyone’s day with laughter as soon as you open the app. 

TikTok caters to teens. Their terms of service say that the app is suitable for users aged 13 and over, but mostly targets those 18 and over. Since this app is popular among teens, it provides a great outlet for stress, creativity, and a place to have fun with friends. “I think it’s really entertaining and I like to use it to relax in my downtime,” teen Savannah Rosenberg said. With the videos being endless, users can always find something to watch.

Clearly, TikTok is a prevalent app in today’s world, that almost every teen is using. TikTok helps keep people’s busy lives stress free and fun since the app is accessible to all devices. The trends are never-ending, so you are sure to find something that piques your interest.