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Under Lockdown, US Teens Turn to TikTok for Life Hacks, Laughs




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Millions of US youngsters shut up of their properties and receiving their training on-line are turning for morale assist and comedian aid to one another – by way of immensely well-liked video sharing apps like TikTok.

The social media platform is owned by China’s ByteDance and has prompted nationwide safety considerations in Washington over fears about the way it collects and shares information on US customers.

But for excessive schoolers, TikTok is simply an outlet for them to share their tales. In 2019, TikTok stated it had over 26 million month-to-month energetic customers within the United States, over half of whom have been between the ages of 16 and 24.

Users publish movies that may final up to 60 seconds, showing on telephones in fast-paced feeds. While many TikToks have a tendency to be lighthearted – dancing or lip-syncing to trending songs is a standard theme – they’ll additionally cope with extra severe points.

Some customers say that the app – and others prefer it, similar to Snapchat – lets them know different persons are going by means of the identical issues they’re and chill out and snicker about it. The coronavirus and compelled college trip – labelled the “coronacation” – is the largest trending matter on TikTok.

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“How the class of 2020 is gonna graduate,” jokes consumer @dannyrvbio, over a video exhibiting an emoji of a scholar strolling throughout a digital stage. In one other well-liked TikTok captioned “Me pretending my screen froze bc I didn’t do my project for my online class,” consumer @zizzysizzle stutters as if she is having connection issues throughout a faux video clarification to her instructor on the 1930s inventory market crash.

Others advise on how to entertain your self throughout quarantine, or how to keep secure. The World Health Organization has its personal @who TikTok, with its specialists explaining the virus and the way it can have an effect on younger individuals in brief clips.

“TikTok has really helped me get through these weeks,” stated 17-year-old Alison Kenny, a highschooler within the suburbs of hard-hit New York. “It’s frustrating to be stuck and feel trapped… it’s nice to know you aren’t alone and people are struggling just as much as you.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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