We’re in our #oversharing era (have we ever left?), and TikTok, as we all know, is not a place to hold back.
Therapy should be a safe space, right? But increasingly, therapists are taking to TikTok to share versions of patient stories with millions. And more and more patients are being asked to sign social media consent forms to allow therapists to anonymously share their stories with people online. While it’s great that this increasing social media presence is demystifying therapy, ethicists worry it could lead to therapists putting social media virality over patients’ best interests.
Our tendency and ability to safely overshare on TikTok have made it a unique platform for creators and businesses. These can be seen from our candid GRWM videos to parents over-incorporating their children into their content. Deeply personal and intimate experiences are often shared on the platform, and many creators feel it is a coping mechanism to feel less alone in this world. Valid points for both sides, but it definitely makes us think, “how much is too much?”
Food for thought: here’s Mae Van Der Weide’s viral GRWM video (with over 4.5M views), where she discusses addiction, eating disorders, and other mental health problems, all while putting concealer on—I mean, what a juxtaposition.
New Platform & Feature Updates
Let’s welcome and learn about two very (interesting) platform feature updates to TikTok:
A Science & Tech Feed: or a “STEM feed,” which will live next to the Following and FYP, and will feature content on science, tech, engineering, and math. US users will start to see the feed in the coming weeks. Not all science and technology content will land on this feed, and additional vetting criteria will be in place to hopefully guarantee reliability and truthful information, knowing how big of an issue misinformation has been for the platform since its inception. This update comes at a time where TikTok is being held under the magnifying glass for potentially posing national security risks, so clearly, the saga continues.
TikTok Series: recently, TikTok has announced Series, a new way for creators to sell their stories as premium content. This feature will only be initially available to select creators, but the platform has plans to open up applications for others to enroll. For a limited time, creators are set to receive 100% of their Series earnings, but it’s unclear if and whether that will change after this exploratory phase.