Teens embrace TikTok during downtime


TikTok has been downloaded by 800 million people from all around the world.

Mia Sanchez, A&E Editor

Quarantine happened. For months on end. Even though we’re technically not quarantined still, it effected us. We either changed our appearance or what we do with our days. One thing many teenagers turned to for entertainment is TikTok.

TikTok is an app that allows you to share 3- to 60-second videos with the world. TikTok has been the cause of many trends you see today. 

“I spend almost 13 hours a day on it,” Ashley Adam, junior, said.

TikTok has taken a big part of peoples day-to-day lives. There are videos that go from a cute baby named Franklin to Millennials buying tickets to a Donald Trump rally and then never showing up. It’s easy to lose track of time and end up being on TikTok for hours. 

“It’s a fun way to pass time when I’m not doing anything,” Sam Smith, junior, said. 

There’s been countless trends that effected peoples lifestyle. People started redecorating their rooms, dyed their hair, and/or changed their style of clothing. Many, have even changed their political views. 

“I went from a moderate liberalist who wanted to be a VSCO girl to a radical leftist who now has my own sense of style and a lot more self-confidence,” junior Sunnie Offerman said. 

People are being influenced by the app and redid their lifestyle. There are people that went from putting pictures on their wall they found on Pinterest to thrifting and starting to wear trends from the ’70s all because they saw it on TikTok. 

President Trump and other politicians wanted to ban the Chinese-owned app unless it was purchased by a U.S. company because they said it posed a national security threat.

Trump gave TikTok the deadline of Sept. 15 to find someone to buy TikTok from its Chinese owners. Microsoft decided to step in and offer to buy TikTok for around $30 million. That deal fell through, but a deal with Oracle appears to be happening instead.