To say that TikTok has changed my life would be an understatement. Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, it isn’t because I became TikTok famous. Although this isn’t to say I didn’t attempt to pimp out the resident raccoon family for a few views…Anyway, in a time where interactions are low and new acquaintance-making is even lower, TikTok provided me with endless revelations and knowledge nuggets, for which I am so grateful.
You may be thinking that nothing valuable can be learned in a 60-second video. To that, I say neither did my university course description, yet it gave me enough information to awaken my curiosity and want to learn more on the subject in question. Rest assured, just because the TikTok format is fun, informal and humble, doesn’t mean that critical thinking has been abandoned completely.
If I am ignorant to xyz’s existence or the effect it has on abc, how on earth am I to learn from it or take it into account responsibly moving forward? Wow! Does that ever sound privileged.
In a nutshell, the more I learn by listening to people share their knowledge and personal experiences on TikTok, the more aware I am of how little I know and, in turn, the more eager and ready I am at the prospect of having my mind completely blown over and over, be it pleasantly or not. Learning about different experiences, phenomena, processes etc. is so crucial and transformative, that I never want it to end. I’ve never been so at peace with how little I know. Ready to soak up whatever TikTok is serving.
With that said, I wanted to share some TikToks that stuck with me.