For me, TikTok is the most engaging social media app to come around in a long time. It’s a place where we can all hang loose and get away from the more pressing matters of the day. From creating or learning the new dance crazes; to hearing about someone’s divorce; to sending love to folks who are struggling with an illness; to mourning the loss of those who didn’t make it; to the kids who prank their parents viciously; and to the parents who prank their kids back, this app with over a billion and half users is the next big thing. Market demo numbers might make you believe this app is for 18–24 year-olds, but this 50-year-old will tell you, that’s a straight-up lie. From what I’ve seen, this app is for all ages and if you haven’t browsed around yet, you’ll soon find out I’m not wrong. You will find Boomers 1 and 2, Gen Xs, Gen Ys, Gen Zs, and don’t be surprised if you find a few Post War Cohorts.
Here are a few of my favorites that get my day started:
Whitney acts like a Generation Zer and her best videos are the ones where she asks her mom for favors like calling the doctor to make an appointment. I literally laughed out loud watching this video because I too have a Generation Zer and yes, they want you to do everything for them. This one is hilarious.
Evan does impressions of Obama, Trump, and Bernie. His Obama is excellent!
Terry is the older sister of Elizabeth, who has cerebral palsy and one of the most beautiful personalities. This duo will give you all the feels.
Old Man Steve is everybody’s grandad! He checks in every day to share some time with us!
Mike is one of my New York favorites. He keeps us up to date on favorites eateries and the history of NYC landmarks and neighborhoods.
I’m obsessed with TIKTOK, and I hope the fun never changes the way many social media apps tend to do. It’s made me realize (except for those few Trump supporters) how genuinely similar we all are as we navigate through our joys and challenges in life. TikTok is the one app I feel brings us all together with the best of intentions.