Bhubaneswar, March 15 (LocalWire): Hundreds and thousands of youngsters around the world are downloading the express-yourself video app TikTok for their 20 seconds of fame and Odisha teens are not far behind.
TikTok, a widely used media application for creating and sharing short videos is owned by China’s ByteDance.
It was launched as Douyin in September 2016 in China and spread like wildfire across the globe in just a few years.
The app gained momentum when it merged with another social media platform musical. ly creating a larger video community and became the world’s most downloaded app surpassing Facebook, YouTube and Instagram in 2018.
It has reached 150 markets internationally and is available in 75 languages.
Among the 500 million users globally more than 20 million are Indians and Tik Tok has penetrated even the local markets. The wide acceptance of this app shows people’s interest in creating an attractive social image.
Odisha’s Tik Tok users have a lot to say about the popularity of the app in the state and the reason why it is dangerously addictive in nature.
‘As I have got dancing and singing skills without training, I feel like an actor when I create and post videos on TikTok,’ says Debashish Parida of Unit-8, Bhubaneswar.
Another user of Dhenkanal, Barsa told LocalWire, ‘I have seen my friends make videos and I was also interest to try to create and post videos. I also wanted to be famous among my peers.’
‘TikTok is a platform to showcase our talents free of cost and for some people it has even become a source of income hence it is beneficial’ is what Neetushree Garanaik from Balasore had to say.
Trilochana Behera from Rourkela says ‘I just love doing Tik Tok videos, it’s a source of entertainment and relaxation for me and I don’t think it hampers my study.’
Monalisa Samal, who is new to TikTok says ‘I love making videos but it kills my time as I am too much absorbed in it.’
Despite such huge number of fans, Tik Tok has been disliked and trolled by many.
Anwesha Mansingh of Ravenshaw University who is not a Tik Toker says, ‘It’s good for entertainment but fake emotions annoy me. The app has influenced young users and they are addicted to it.’
Parents are concerned about how technological advances have bad impact on their children as not only teenagers, children below the age of 10 years are also seen active on TikTok.
Today’s generation while trying to keep pace with anything that is trending have started imitating others and in spite of having their own unique qualities, they are losing their identity day by day.