STAFF EDITORIAL: Tik Tok ‘fame’ isn’t real

 With new internet trends and social media platforms, it becomes easy for popularity and “fame” to emerge among users. Tik Tok, the current, popular social media platform, allows teens and other children to have a celebrity reputation on the app.

These Tik Tokers are well known for their funny videos or dance moves, but how “real” is their talent? Almost anyone on these apps can create videos similar to theirs, supporting the fact that Tik Tok talent is fake. Users spend hours and hours on the app, hoping that they will also become “Tik Tok famous.”

The most well-known Tik Toker is Charli D’amelio. Charli is a 15 year old high school student, but she no longer attends school in order to further her Tik Tok career. For every video she makes, she receives approximately $10,000. Her older sister, Dixie D’amelio, was going to attend the University of Alabama next fall, but recently decided not to so she can further her Tik Tok career. Students should not give up the opportunity to further their education just to be in the spotlight. In the moment, it might seem like a teen has a steady online career, but in the future, these teens will not have a real education, causing them to have trouble getting jobs.

Tik Tok allows users to have their one second of fame, but what will happen to these famous teens in the future? Although the most famous of users are making a crazy amount of money, it won’t last forever. Internet fame is a fad that lasts as long as there is an audience to support the star. Once there is a new app that is even more popular than Tik Tok, these “celebrities” will have to face the reality and consequences of not having a proper education.

Rather than basing a career off of a social media app, people should take these apps for what they are: a fun way to express yourself. Apps should not dictate a profession.