The Dangers Of TikTok

Even if you don’t own a TikTok account, you know it’s all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This obsessive tool has gained a lot of attention over the Restricted Movement Order (RMO), and where people of all ages lip-sync to songs that will refuse to get out of your head, commit to dance challenges and some even attempt senseless pranks to their parents and siblings.

It’s understandable that TikTok is the most accessible stress-relief outlet in these hard times with the pandemic stretching to all corners of the world. However, TikTok seems to be spreading just as rapidly as the infectious virus.

Just as we have experienced with other social media platforms: with our eyes plastered to the screen, scrolling away through day and night, the dangers of the Internet resurfaces again with TikTok. With an active user interface with endless streaming, you are more likely to spend a long time on the app until you develop an unhealthy addiction. Let’s face it, you know have better things to do.

As if Instagram wasn’t enough, TikTok’s obsessive dancing challenges and parading of ideal beauty types once again hypes up the desire for likes and followers which can tamper self-esteem. Especially with a rapid flow of viewers, attention brews really fast, and fame is not always a good thing.

We should be aware that running away from our problems only makes them worse, and TikTok is not the best solution for peaceful living. The fun is momentary until you step into the real world and realize the murky reality of the outside world, especially now as the pandemic ceases to end. This time of rest and solitude is best experienced with habits that can help us improve as individuals responsible to push the world forward. Do you think that’s possible by just memorizing the dance steps to Savage?

It’s time for you to log off the Tik Tok app and spend your time on more fulfilling and meaningful activities, all still within the comfort of your home. Here are some suggestions available online that are more worth your time:

1. Watch TEDTalk videos

Sumber: Blog Ted

Open your mind and grow your intellect through videos from speakers all over the world. Topics range from art, economics, and even interpersonal matters such as love, relationships and topics concerned with the self. TEDTalks help you learn about mankind and even helps you discover yourself in a much larger way than through the Don’t Rush Challenge on TikTok.

2. Host Netflix Parties

Sumber: Channel News Asia

A popular alternative to spending Friday nights out with friends can be done within the comfort of your own bedroom through Netflix parties! All you need to do is install the Netflix Party extension to your Google Chrome, follow instructions, and your social life is guaranteed and preserved. You can even have live discussions on the movie with the chat at the side bar.

3. Take an online course

Universities from all around the world, even Ivy Leagues like Harvard, now offer online classes for FREE! Online learning platforms such as Coursera (http://coursera.org) and EdX (http://edx.org) offer a wide range of courses that you can take at your own flexible times.

4. Record your quarantine experience through blogging

If you’re too tech-savvy to opt writing in a physical diary, the digital world allows you to express yourself at the tip of your fingers. In the age of TikTok, younger age groups have grown distant from the written word and may have lost comprehension of their thoughts. Whether it’s in micro-blogging platforms which you might consider Twitter as one of them, or you can even invest more time building a personal blog on Blogger or WordPress, you should take the time you have to gather your ideas. This also generates discussion among the digital public which may share the same concerns as you do.

TikTok is an escapism that can grow toxic to your mental health. Although it is all about fun, making the most of your time alone does not mean you need to distract yourself from what’s really happening in the world. Right now, as we embrace the saying, ‘prevention is better than cure’, we should embrace this in our online presence as well before it’s too late.

Penulis:

  • Neila Maryam Binti Neil Bakry Marsoh adalah pelajar Fakulti Filem, Teater dan Animasi (FiTA) UiTM.
  • Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Abu Bakar adalah Pensyarah Kanan dan Timbalan Dekan Penyelidikan dan Jaringan Industri (FiTA) UiTM.

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