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Scrolling Away Success: The TikTok Addiction

By now, it's highly likely you're acquainted with TikTok. And truth be told, its impact on both ourselves and our younger counterparts is far from beneficial. The way TikTok influences our information processing capabilities, memory retention, and even exploits our brain's reward mechanisms is profoundly concerning.


This platform, with its endless array of succinct, engaging videos, doesn't merely alter our entertainment preferences; it fundamentally transforms our cognitive operations and monopolizes the systems that dictate our focus and gratification. It is also crucial to recognize the significant effects TikTok exerts on our daily existence, diverting us from potentially more meaningful endeavors and accomplishments in the tangible world.


TikTok's meteoric rise in popularity is undeniable, but it's the underlying psychology that truly warrants attention. Like any company, TikTok's primary objective is profitability. To achieve this, the app's developers have masterfully crafted an algorithm designed to captivate users.

As we navigate through TikTok, our brains are subjected to an onslaught of meticulously curated videos. This algorithm is not just a random selection mechanism; it's a sophisticated tool engineered to present content that it predicts will resonate most deeply with us, thereby maximizing our screen time and, subsequently, ad exposure and revenue for the platform.

Understanding this selective process is crucial, as it's tailored specifically to trigger moments of instant gratification. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in previous blog posts, our brains, with their ancient wiring, are particularly susceptible to the lure of gratification—a trait TikTok exploits to its advantage. As users, we find ourselves hypnotized in an endless cycle of scrolling, selectively engaging with content that delivers a dopamine surge, reminiscent of the gratification derived from casino slot machines.

The act of scrolling on TikTok parallels the pulling of a slot machine's lever, creating a loop of addictive behavior that's hard to break.


In the landscape of social media, metrics such as views, likes, and comments often dominate our initial inquiries. What started as revolutionary tools for enhancing our social interactions, courtesy of platforms like Facebook, has gradually morphed into a relentless competition fueled by ego.

In a society which is also increasingly driven by ego, these once-trivial numbers have taken center stage, and shifted the measure of success from tangible achievements, like financial earnings, to virtual statistics, such as the number of followers one has. This escalation in social comparison exacerbates our collective preoccupation with these platforms, a phenomenon that developers understand and exploit to increase user engagement. This environment also fosters a sense of fear of missing out on the latest trends. The anxiety over not being up-to-date with the newest viral sensation or not participating in the latest challenge compels us to spend even more time scrolling through TikTok, stuck in a cycle of constant engagement.

This not only amplifies the issue of excessive screen time but also deepens our dependency on social media for social validation and a sense of belonging. By exploiting our innate desire for social standing and our fear of exclusion, TikTok manipulates our social behaviors, leading to an increased investment of our time and emotional energy into the platform. This shift towards prioritizing virtual validation over real-world connections and achievements has only caused troubles within our social values.


TikTok has emerged as a formidable distraction, pulling us away from our obligations and responsibilities. Whether it's students veering off course from their homework or adults seeking an escape from relationship issues, the app's influence is undeniable and profound. One of its most striking effects is on our perception of time. Immersed in the app's endless stream of content, users often lose track of time, falling prey to a state of hypnotic engagement with short, captivating videos. This distortion of time perception has led many to label TikTok as the ultimate platform for time wastage.

Furthermore, TikTok's format of delivering content in bite-sized chunks has significant implications for our attention spans. The constant consumption of brief, 10-second clips conditions us to favor short form content over long-form content which demands sustained attention. This trend is alarming, especially considering its impact on younger users. The question looms large:

What will become of their ability to concentrate and engage deeply with material in the future?

Another thing is, that TikTok not only diverts time and energy from tangible pursuits but also creates a preference for virtual engagement over meaningful real-life interactions and accomplishments. This shift could potentially lead to a decrease in productivity, a stifling of creativity, and a neglect of personal development and growth. The consequence of TikTok's pervasive presence is a reconfiguration of our priorities, with a growing emphasis on virtual validation at the expense of real-world progress and fulfillment.


It is very simple, just delete the app off your phone.


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Welcome to the blog, Angelo Corbelli is a Mechanical Engineering student at FIU with a passion for the aerospace industry as well as health and fitness.

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