Why I hate TikTok
TikTok is the worst of all social media platforms. Yes, even worse than Twitter.
Before I get into this, I do *not* have a TikTok account and never have. I am not a hypocrite. My experience comes from living with someone else who does.
- The platform's design creates a culture of style over substance. Many TikToks deliver their entire message through a one-sentence caption or a text-to-speech voice, and the message is one that would make a fine post on Twitter or Mastodon, but TikTokers cannot just say a sentence; they have to add a video of their face (even though they aren't using their voice) or them dancing, and a pop song that usually has nothing to do with the video.
Forgive me for making an analogy to the state of the web.
- I've seen TikToks of people announcing they're about to be kidnapped and put in a psych prison, and in the video they are... dancing to house music?
Get me a trash can before I vomit.
Nothing like this ever happens on any other platform. It's a result of the design of the platform and the culture it encourages.
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