TikTok ruins your love life

Did you come out on the “other side” of the (still ongoing) pandemic feeling deeply not sexy? Do you feel like you’ve wasted every ounce of the dating game you’ve gained in previous years? Have you ever wondered if there was a reason for the months of stilted or no interaction? Have you ever thought about blaming TikTok?

Well, the video application that boomed during the first wave of the pandemic seems to monopolize a good deal of our time; so much that a study ordered by the application suggests that nearly half (45%) of TikTok users found themselves scrolling through TikTok the time they usually swiped straight through dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble.

Does this sound like you? So you’re probably one of the 45% who sacrificed potential kisses and kisses and first flames to watch a teenager with more money than you do. Renegade, or a middle-aged woman making iconic, kitsch collage videos for her own audience of hundreds of thousands. TikTok has really managed to nail this algorithm; grabbing us with all kinds of inane and fascinating content that we consume for hours. But while dating apps show you strangers in an equally detached way, as soon as you swipe left (or right and you’re unlucky) they’re gone forever. However, your TikTok #ForYouPage feels like watching quick episodes of multiple TV series in tandem, each with its own compelling protagonist. “You again”, you say, as Max Balegde reappears shouting at strangers on the street after a night out.

We guess it makes perfect sense that we hijacked the apps in favor of a community where the idea of ​​rejection is less like the end of the world, and you can voluntarily watch other people for your own entertainment – or feel seen by their actions – without the fear of someone you aggressively want to call you a uggo ignoring your really nice hinge comment.

These aren’t just dating apps! Apparently 35% of us have moved away from TV and streaming services since downloading TikTok, and 41% have listened to fewer podcasts, essentially pointing to a future where TikTok consumes every minute of our lives. Does that sound like a bad thing? Well, maybe.

But what it doesn’t is the idea that we find solace and solace in digital entertainment rather than focusing on the false and fragile validation provided by dating apps. Anything that distracts us from such a strange source of affirming our warmth is good for us.

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