“On other media you’re hiding your flaws,” Mr. Callahan mentioned. “Here you’re showing them off.”
Aaron Eddy, 17, a senior at Whitesboro High School in Marcy, N.Y., mentioned that it’s the authenticity half that he thinks makes the app so compelling. He mentioned he likes how he might be “crazy” on it with out judgment.
Morgan Townsend, a 17-year-old senior at West Orange, mentioned that she makes TikToks of notable life moments for the reminiscences. “During homecoming week we’d take a clip of our outfits every day, and it was fun to watch the end of the week,” she mentioned.
Ireland McTague mentioned, “TikTok is a safer space where you can post videos about you being yourself, rather than worrying about being perfect.” She contrasted it with YouTube and Instagram, the place extra polished shows are the norm.
(As with these platforms, there’s a potential for inappropriate use of TikTookay by predators. To shield customers, a TikTookay spokeswoman mentioned, the app has safeguards like “privacy settings, controls over who can view or interact with content, and in-app reporting.”)
Harper Kelly, a 17-year-old senior at Milford High School in Ohio, mentioned, of her college TikTookay membership, “The last TikTok Tuesday, the room was split in half, one half of the room was watching TikToks, the other half was people doing dances and making them.”
The TikTookay membership at Fruita Monument High School in Colorado has its personal TikTookay account, @TikTokClubbbb, an early membership that seems to have spawned others. Dennis Allen, a 17-year-old senior and membership member, posted a TikTookay, on which one respondent, Sophie Furdek, wrote: “I began TikTookay membership at my college.”