Column: TikTok has grown on me

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez

If you have been around the past couple of years, then you probably got to see Musical.ly’s transition to what is now known as TikTok, a social media platform in which users create and share short videos.

Musical.ly gained popularity very quickly. Despite its popularity, though, a lot of people avoided getting the app, finding the app and its users cringey. Since its name change, TikTok began increasing in popularity in a whole new way.

It seems like now almost everybody enjoys watching, sharing and making TikToks. Though there are still people who despise it, still finding it and its users cringey, it seems like a lot more people have given TikTok a place on their home screens.

I will admit that I was one of those people who hated Musical.ly and even sort of disliked TikTok in the beginning. I had never even used the app, but I knew it was riddled with lip-syncing 13-year-olds making more money than I will ever have, and I was like, “Yeah, not getting that app.”

Well, I gave in! Seeing all the hype for it online, I downloaded the app during the “two-week quarantine” that happened a couple of months ago, and I have been hooked ever since. Yes, the app is still full of cringe, but it also has given many incredibly creative content creators the space to share their talents with the world.

So, in defense of TikTok, the app is not that bad! Its features allow you to customize what you watch, so you are bound to find videos that align with your interests.

It seems like there is something for everybody on TikTok, with a wide variety of creators making videos. The app features tons of different content creators: comedians, fashion designers, painters, dancers, cosplayers and more.

It also has a community for anybody and everybody: cinephiles, dog lovers, Harry Potter fans, makeup artists, etc.

Like to watch short comedic skits? TikTok has that. Like to watch informative videos about important current events? TikTok has that. Like to watch videos with cool special effects? TikTok has that. Like to watch book reviews? TikTok has that. You name it, and TikTok has it.

I know I sound like an infomercial narrator, but I stand by what I said. Trust me when I say that the minute you start scrolling through TikTok’s many videos, you will not be able to put your phone down.

 

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]