TikTok is an ongoing social media trend amongst youngsters. This app showcases self-made videos from anywhere and about everything, from comedy to lip-syncs and cook recipes to personal grooming tips that users create and share to gain likes and followers.
The recent arrest of Bangladeshi TikTok video-maker Yasin Arafat Opu better known as TikTok opu on charges of assaulting a person in a public place has given rise to a debate on the potentially harmful impact of this Chinese micro video-sharing website on the young generation of our country.
Today, we will discuss some of the negative impacts of Tiktok addiction and the steps that can be undertaken to overcome such addiction.
The first negative impact of Tiktok on young people is, the use of Tiktok eventually converts into an addiction among young people. Since the app boasts an “endless stream” of material, the youth people are likely to spend a long time in the app and might even become addicted to watching the videos for hours at a time.
Secondly, it promotes bullying, there has been several news on clashes among Tiktok gangs in Dhaka city. Tiktok users often make fun of each other’s videos and this ignites bullying and clashes among the different groups.
Thirdly, it encourages comparison, Some Tiktok users make outrageous, and even dangerous, videos to get more likes and followers. Hashtag challenges are an easy way to gain likes, but some of the challenges are not appropriate for young people and may lead to disastrous consequences.
Fourthly, it involves Safety Concerns; Apps like TikTok can easily be used by predators to solicit the innocents because the app makes it easy for strangers to directly message the young people. There are no restrictions as to who can join the app and it is used internationally, connecting virtually everyone.
Lastly, the use of TikTok tremendously hampers the mental health of young people, some experts’ report it can be easy to come across triggering content on the app that could promote issues like self-harm or eating disorders. TikTok users also experience more and more suicidal tendencies compared to non-TikTok users.
It is not easy for anyone to get rid of any sort of addiction. However, if there is a will there is always a way out. If you are addicted to TikTok and want to get rid of this addiction then this blog is for you. Here we will discuss the steps that you could follow to get rid of Tiktok addiction
- First of all, try giving a day off from your Tik-Tok app or your mobile phone in a week.
- Use the 21 days rule which states that you can create or destroy a habit if you do the same thing or don’t do the thing for 21 days in your case don’t use the TikTok app for 21 days or use it for only limited time.
- Find out some other things that you are passionate about and see if you can distract yourself from TikTok.
- Spend a few minutes every day in nature (Trees/ Park/ Rivers) silently without any gadget…and start to observe yourself…your mind and its restlessness.
- Have a talk with your friends and family.
- Watch a good movie or web series.
- Try a Yoga Course with a good teacher.
- Play in the Playground or dance at your home for a few hours every day.
- Seek an appointment with a counselor to explore what is your need behind seeking attention from others and you could work finding happiness within, rather than from external sources.
- Travel (but it’s corona period now, so stay indoors)
In short, try to get engaged in anything that’s gonna distract your mind from TikTok. It will take time but it will help you to come out of TikTok addiction eventually.