TikTok is the new kid on the block and everyone is loving it! A little too much sometimes perhaps. In 2019 it was the most downloaded app, but by 2020 it received its first article about why people are deleting it due to the need to detoxify from it.
TikTok is a very addictive app, it is incredibly capturing no matter who you are. It’s all about the visuals, so there’s a big reward of gratification because you don’t have to use much brainpower to get engaged.
Since its start in 2016, it has become the fastest growing platform globally with 800 million active users each month! It has surpassed Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Reddit in the amount of active users. It receives more engagements per user than Instagram and people spend an average of 52 minutes per day on it. These are amazing statistics!!
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Why is TikTok Extremely Alluring?
The app’s algorithms can predict your preferences very accurately and its interactive design is what makes it so engaging. The interaction with the app is not with other users, it is with the technology itself. TikTok has a highly reciprocal interface. So what does that mean?
It means that the human mind observes visual patterns constantly and tends to have a very limited attention span. TikTok’s interface is super simple to use, but very quickly rotates audio soundtracks, comments, profiles, and shares with minimal effort – making it very satisfying for the user. The more you scroll, the more relevant videos that match your interests pop up. This makes you want to scroll more and more.
TikTok Creates User Loyalty
The content found on the app is user-based. You can make a video on TikTok with minimal effort with its interactive interface and a very creative approach. This makes the user very loyal to the app.
The app is also loyal to its users. Not only are people able to create TikTok content, but they are also able to add other social media accounts that allow them to promote their YouTube channels or Instagram accounts. Many users claim that TikTok has helped them gain traction on other platforms.
These are features that make people become loyal to TikTok:
- Video Collaboration
- Easy Video Editing
- Wide Rage of Music Options
- Various Personalized Filters
- Face Recognition
All of these features aid in the simplicity of usage and the enthusiasm of content creators.
Why Do You Need to Detoxify From TikTok?
This fun platform allows you to be motivated to get your body moving and it ignites your artistic side. TikTok can greatly increase your screen time each day because it is full of “feel-good” videos that are shared and personalized by a huge population of people including celebrities.
Once you get into watching some videos, you’ll notice that you want more and more. They are so brief and entertaining that it doesn’t seem like you’re spending a lot of time on the app, but it quickly adds up! Next thing you know, you find yourself at least one hour into it. Plus, most of the videos you watch don’t leave you with a lot of value. They are mostly made to entertain you with mindless stuff.
If you find that TikTok has become one of your main sources of fun, you may want to step back significantly from it. Although it does provide you with entertainment, it is not conducive to having a progressive and active lifestyle. It sort of turns you into a fanatic of the countless possibilities to create and watch the short videos available on the app.
Instead, you’re better off seeking quality time with your friends and creating memories together – in person! Next, we’ll cover some tips on how you can achieve a different life away from TikTok.
How To Detox From TikTok
To feed your brain with other activity outside of TikTok, try out these simple tips:
- Explore other interests and activities. Ask yourself what you would be doing or learning if TikTok wasn’t part of your day.
- Meet people with the same interests as you. Attend group meetings and classes that will help you develop your passions.
- Start a sport or new physical activity. Ever wonder how it would be to start weight training at a gym or a meditation practice at a Yoga studio?
- Spend quality time with your family. Perhaps you have pets you can teach new tricks or contribute more to your loved ones. If you’re spending mindless time on a social platform, chances are you’re not giving enough to your loved ones including yourself.
- Commit to leaving TikTok for a certain amount of time, even if for only one day. You can leave your phone at home or temporarily delete the app so that you cannot even see its icon.
It is a great challenge to make changes to your routine, but you will find it very empowering to commit to stop doing something you know has been excessive in your life.
Start a New Relationship With Technology
Now that you’ve explored why TikTok can be a problem in your life and you find yourself motivated to change, you’ll be able to go back to technology with a much different perspective.
No longer will you have the unquenchable thirst to become obsessive with any social media platform. You can let this spread into the rest of your life so that you don’t become addicted to other things such as television or food. Once you detox from TikTok you’ll be amazed at the time you’ll gain to devote to quality activities in your life.