As a 21-year-old, I like to think of myself as pretty young. Sure, it takes one (1) full day for me to recover from a hangover every time I go out, but I’m still young and hip and cool. For those as old as (or older than) me, our transition into getting older means that there is a whole new generation of people younger than us, and with that new social media apps and trends that we’re just not means to understand. Probably the most popular one is TikTok. Apparently, it’s not just the hit song by Ke$ha (which is still a banger by the way). TikTok has quickly become one of the most popular apps among Gen-Z, but for those of us older than 15, it’s still a mystery. Lucky for you, I’m venturing into the depths of the youths to figure out WTF TikTok is. You can thank me later.
The easiest way to describe TikTok is that it’s like Vine (#TBT), but on cocaine. Instead of six-second clips, TikToks can be up to 60 seconds long, and you can incorporate music, text, and filters. Just like Vine, you can record a lot of short video clips and put them together, which makes it super easy to be extra get creative. The whole world of TikTok is a lot to dive into, it’s not that different from any other kind of meme. Most people who use TikTok use it to post dancing videos with pre-choreographed routines that somehow everyone and their mother has managed to learn. I’ve never tried to learn one because I am too lanky and uncoordinated for that, but more power to those who have. I have a friend who’s ex-girlfriend posted a TikTok after they broke up where she performed a dance routine talking shit about him. Love that for him.
If you’re one of those people who still watches Vine compilations on YouTube, you need TikTok. If you’re scared of your own mortality, you probably also need TikTok. But if your 2020 resolution was to spend less time on your phone AND you don’t even understand the app, you can probably skip downloading TikTok. Some things just aren’t meant to be.