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Tiktok, Sensationalism and Romanticising Topics

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An average human has watched at least one Tiktok video as of 2023. As long as you own a smartphone, you can’t just escape it. You don’t need to have the app on your phone basically to view its videos. The videos appear on Facebook reels, blogs, insta stories, friend’s WhatsApp status, or your siblings shoving their phone in your face while laughing at how funny they think Khaby Lame is.

That’s how big Tiktok has become. I mean it’s funny how before 2020, Tiktok was one of those apps that likes to ‘gumbody’ (unsolicited apps) when you are sending things through Xender. Apps like Phoenix browser sort of, but 2020 became a turn around.

Currently, TikTok is one of the biggest social media apps responsible for promoting up a lot of songs and persons. I mean, Tiktokers are now recognized in the entertainment sphere as they collect nice sums to run ads.

However, the whole story up there is not the point of my story. The topic has two rather long words or words that really stand out, sensationalism and romanticising.

So this is it, I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s something about Tiktokers and creating a fuss out of nothing. My follow-up point may come off as insensitive; but let’s talk about it.

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Often times I see black people (especially) making videos of themselves in buses or just walking on the road and then they’d capture unknowingly one or two white people staring. Then they’d start throwing the word ‘racism’ around, talmabout people looking at them in a weird way or not wanting to sit close to them because they are black or how this is happening or that is happening and then they sum it up as racism.

I honestly feel like I’ve watched at least 100 of such videos with same ‘storyline’. Like bruh, people get killed for being black, people get shot because of their skin color and yet you think racism is because a random white person looks at you?

I don’t want to talk about those who romanticise depression, making it look like a cool stuff. Taking pictures of themselves crying and attaching sad songs and crying emojis.

I find it sick personally. Why? Because I feel a lot of these people don’t even know what it’s like being depressed. Depression won’t even let you pick up that phone and start making a video.

One time again, I saw a lady who made a video about OCD(obsessive compulsive disorders) and captioned it with, “POV: When you have OCD😂” . She’s seen just arranging her house. I laughed, like seriously laughed. Like you think OCD is cool? Like you think OCD is arranging your house?

OCD has a D in it that stands for Disorder,it’s a psychological problem, these people lose their peace and joy simply because a place is cluttered or someone sits on their bed or a book is not standing correctly on the shelf and trust me they don’t like it one bit.

So, it doesn’t make sense romanticising these stuffs and tagging it as content. Personally I think this generation has the most population of overly sensitive people and you can’t even make a comment because you don’t know when someone’s is going to ask them to ‘cancel’ you.

I don’t even know how that makes sense.The media also does the sensationalism thing but that’s a topic for another day. Here’s to a 2023 filled with great content. Cheers 🥂

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