TikTok: The New Dating App

Tiktok users are mainly millennials, and they mostly post whatever they want, from dancing videos to something profound like their socio-economic perspective. The platform helped these people display their true self, showing to their concerns and desires their quirky, fun, and imaginative side. It's one of the best ways to kill time, particularly when we're in those rough times we can't go anywhere.

With a growing group of over 800 million users worldwide, you can't miss the chance to meet anyone on the platform — from people searching for friends to people performing thirsty acts, often leading to virtual hangouts, meetings, dates, or even a relationship. With TikTok's equality, it's not surprising to see people use it as a way to connect, interact, and find people in that culture. You may comment on someone else's message, and someone instantly notices you.

People often use TikTok to message their mates, or even a person they admire. Some might even use it to confess their feelings to another, and some people might suggest TikTok is a low-key dating app like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram DMs. You can't hide that's not, right? Start searching "# DateMe" on TikTok and discovering 152 million views. You can also search for "# JowaPlease" or "# JowableAko" tags, local phrases used by Filipinos, and you'll see several videos in those categories. While some of the videos under these hashtags are just challenges or even jokes, most of them are people who seek love and hope they may find their special TikTok person.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing. We're free to post, respect, and follow someone. Yet we must be highly vigilant also. After all, it's social media, a global socializing site where it's hard to differentiate fake accounts from actual ones. Given the authentication process to ensure validity of someone else's identity, being vigilant doesn't hurt.