OPINION: TikTok takes a toll on self esteem

Peyton Dickerson, Staff Writer

You’ve just upgraded your hairstyle—an assortment of light-and-dark highlights you’ve wanted for months. Your stylist turns you around in the chair, and the results are everything you could have wanted.

Once home from the salon, you sit down on your bed and open TikTok to relax and unwind. The first video is of a pretty girl with a unique hair color. You open the comments to see everyone praising her, and you begin to second-guess your decision.

Since the uproar of the app TikTok, we can view people day-to-day more than ever before. From videos of individuals conducting interviews in public to showing off a specific talent, the amount of content on TikTok is never-ending.

Of all the countries in the world, TikTok has proven to be most popular in the U.S., with a staggering 113.25 million users. (Cottonbro Studio)

The app makes it particularly easy for the average person to gain a lot of traction. One could go viral simply by being attractive and recording a video of their face–which happens frequently.

Most young men and women on the app have discovered how easy it is to become popular by making this kind of content, and thousands of these videos surface every day.

It hasn’t taken long for this competition for Best in Show to become a problem, however. There are a myriad of reasons why seeing so many stunning people a day can be damaging to one’s self-esteem.

The majority of TikTok users in the United States are between the ages 18 and 19. (Liza Summer)

Obviously, everyone looks different. Everyone carries an individual type of beauty that can’t be replicated. However, the problem with TikTok videos of attractive people is that they force you to compare yourself to others.

Why doesn’t my body look like theirs? Why isn’t my nose that certain shape? How can I look more like them?

These thoughts can run rampant through the mind after seeing these types of videos, and it can be even more damaging considering TikTok presents them to you over and over again.

TikTok has become the United States most used social media app. (Thành Dô)

Humans were never meant to see this many different attractive people in a lifetime. Before social media, you only knew the people you saw on a day-to-day basis. At your workplace, on your college campus, at the grocery store—Never on display to be judged by millions of people online.

This reason alone is explanatory for why it can be so hard to shake the need to compare. The idea of seeing this many people in one lifetime is still novel. It’s important to remember that everyone is worthy of love and a good life no matter their appearance. Beauty is superficial—and fades—so character always stays most important. If that’s not enough to convince you, I get it. I’ve fallen victim to TikTok beauty comparisons myself. Yet, it’s important to note that the existence of one’s beauty does not indicate the absence of another—No matter how many likes their lip sync gets.