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Old 10-08-2020, 07:35 AM
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I know that tiktok is probably off the radar for a lot of people on here; however, many of you probably have teenagers that are interested in it.

I have stumbled across tiktok videos across the web over the past little while, and I have seen enough at this point to wonder what kind of an effect this stuff is having on society. I tend to think social media, in general, is really screwing with society. Tiktok is just a small part of it. However, I’ve noticed that teenagers will stop at nothing to get attention on there. The stupidity I’ve seen on Tiktok really dwarfs other things like Facebook, IMO. What say you all?

Frankly, I wouldn’t mind to see things like Tiktok banned, but today’s youth will come up with something to fill their incessant need of attention/followers/etc.
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Its pretty well accepted that its a hang out for pedophiles. Be aware.... they everywhere.
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What’s a tiktok? Like the crocodile in Peter Pan?
Old 10-08-2020, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by c_m_25 View Post
I know that tiktok is probably off the radar for a lot of people on here; however, many of you probably have teenagers that are interested in it.

I have stumbled across tiktok videos across the web over the past little while, and I have seen enough at this point to wonder what kind of an effect this stuff is having on society. I tend to think social media, in general, is really screwing with society. Tiktok is just a small part of it. However, I’ve noticed that teenagers will stop at nothing to get attention on there. The stupidity I’ve seen on Tiktok really dwarfs other things like Facebook, IMO. What say you all?

Frankly, I wouldn’t mind to see things like Tiktok banned, but today’s youth will come up with something to fill their incessant need of attention/followers/etc.
If you have not yet I recommend watching 'The Social Dilemma'. I don't have Tiktok and don't care to but strongly disagree with banning most things.
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As a high school teacher, I can tell you that Tiktok is no different than the effects of video games, facebook, snap chat, instagram, etc. Its just the latest fad.

Honestly, I would rather see my students and teenagers make dumb videos than doing drugs and doing other hoodrat stuff on the streets.
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Tik Tok is both hilarious & disturbing at the same time. Definitely some strange people posting on it.
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YES. But before that, mobile phones have ruined the human race.
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Originally Posted by lurker25 View Post
If you have not yet I recommend watching 'The Social Dilemma'. I don't have Tiktok and don't care to but strongly disagree with banning most things.
I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Originally Posted by MattJimm View Post
As a high school teacher, I can tell you that Tiktok is no different than the effects of video games, facebook, snap chat, instagram, etc. Its just the latest fad.

Honestly, I would rather see my students and teenagers make dumb videos than doing drugs and doing other hoodrat stuff on the streets.
This is a very good perspective. Thank you for grounding this in the reality that teenagers are generally stupid and do stupid things. This just happens to be the least dangerous stupid thing they could be doing.
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I don't agree with banning it but it can't continue like it is either. I don't know what the answer is but it involves parents stepping in and regulating it themselves.

Back when Snapchat was a big thing, my little cousin (13 at the time) had it on her iPhone that was far nicer than any phone I've ever had. My aunt/uncle just thought it was a texting app to send pics until I filled them in on what youths are really using it for, and unfortunately they didn't do anything about it. We'd be sitting at Thanksgiving dinner with the family and she'd be literally holding the phone in her lap and sending pictures of funny faces, fish face, etc...I shit you not, every 5 seconds. It was nonstop.

THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

And I may come off as an old curmudgeon (I'm only 34 and to be honest can't wrap my head around what TikTok is), but YES this is literally rotting people's minds. It's created a level of narcissism never before seen. Every action throughout the day these kids take is about social media affirmation. It's a problem. I don't know the solution, but I figure I have about 10 years to figure it out before our oldest is around the age to have a cell phone.

Parents raising teens today - God help you.

Far as the comparison to video games - might apply somewhat but video games (at least not the SNES I had) don't put your videos or whatever out for the world to see in hopes of getting a bunch of likes. To me it's not just "this next generation sucks" which every generation says - it's "this next generation has the power to literally ruin their lives in about two seconds, and neither they nor us have any idea how to handle it"
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

And I may come off as an old curmudgeon (I'm only 34 and to be honest can't wrap my head around what TikTok is), but YES this is literally rotting people's minds..
People thought the same thing 50 years ago about TV, comic books, and cartoons.....
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Originally Posted by MattJimm View Post
People thought the same thing 50 years ago about TV and comic books....
I understand that but TV and comic books didn't encourage one to become a complete narcissist who's entire existence was for affirmation in a virtual world...

No one was planking on the edge of a building and falling to their death from reading a comic book - or eating a Tide Pod because they saw it on TV.
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Originally Posted by MattJimm View Post
People thought the same thing 50 years ago about TV, comic books, and cartoons.....
And to be honest, what contribution to our positive development did any of those have on us?
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It’s lazy parents.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
And to be honest, what contribution to our positive development did any of those have on us?
Entertainment, personality, creativity, etc.

You think a kid who does chores and read books 16 hours a day would turn out better?
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
It’s lazy parents.
I agree. My niece (11) had no parental controls at all on her phone as my brother is not tech savvy. Fortunately my wife is a guru and shut that sh*t down!
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Originally Posted by MattJimm View Post
Entertainment, personality, creativity, etc.

You think a kid who does chores and read books 16 hours a day would turn out better?
Depends on your definition of better. Anecdotally, I've found kids raised in the country being outside all day with their friends and never watch TV or concern themselves with social media tend to be better adjusted and more well rounded overall. But I'm also not a teacher and do not see it everyday like you.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
I understand that but TV and comic books didn't encourage one to become a complete narcissist who's entire existence was for affirmation in a virtual world...

No one was planking on the edge of a building and falling to their death from reading a comic book - or eating a Tide Pod because they saw it on TV.
How often do you post a response on THT? Is it once a week, a few times a week, many times a day? “Social media” addiction spans all sorts of age groups (yes THT is a form of it). There should be no government banning, it should fall on personal responsibility (Parental in this case).
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Originally Posted by MattJimm View Post
People thought the same thing 50 years ago about TV, comic books, and cartoons.....
People 50 years ago didn't check TV, comic books, and cartoons on average 150 times a day. Suffer panic attacks from not being able to access them at their whim (IE dead or low battery) and depression from not having a reaffirmation from "likes". These are scientifically proven to be happening with the smart phone/social media apps and the youth of today are being introduced to them at the youngest age in history.
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