“On other media you’re hiding your flaws,” Mr. Callahan stated. “Here you’re showing them off.”
Aaron Eddy, 17, a senior at Whitesboro High School in Marcy, N.Y., stated that it’s the authenticity half that he thinks makes the app so compelling. He stated he likes how he might be “crazy” on it with out judgment.
Morgan Townsend, a 17-year-old senior at West Orange, stated that she makes TikToks of notable life moments for the reminiscences. “During homecoming week we’d take a clip of our outfits every day, and it was fun to watch the end of the week,” she stated.
Ireland McTague stated, “TikTok is a safer space where you can post videos about you being yourself, rather than worrying about being perfect.” She contrasted it with YouTube and Instagram, the place extra polished shows are the norm.
(As with these platforms, there’s a potential for inappropriate use of TikTook by predators. To shield customers, a TikTook spokeswoman stated, the app has safeguards like “privacy settings, controls over who can view or interact with content, and in-app reporting.”)
Harper Kelly, a 17-year-old senior at Milford High School in Ohio, stated, of her faculty TikTook membership, “The last TikTok Tuesday, the room was split in half, one half of the room was watching TikToks, the other half was people doing dances and making them.”
The TikTook membership at Fruita Monument High School in Colorado has its personal TikTook account, @TikTokClubbbb, an early membership that seems to have spawned others. Dennis Allen, a 17-year-old senior and membership member, posted a TikTook, on which one respondent, Sophie Furdek, wrote: “I began TikTook membership at my faculty.”
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