When you think of TikTok, it’s easy to think of images of lip-synching and mischief in the short videos shared by teenagers.
With their peers. Although teenagers do account for about a quarter of TikTok’s estimated 100 million active users in the United States, 64% of users are between 20 and 55 years old, and 11% of users are over 50 years old. This group of Americans over 50 represents more than 11 million Americans, which is more than the combined population of New York City and Chicago. Just as teenagers use TikTok to share videos on various topics, so do many seniors in the app. There are many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and above, including some who post from their assisted living homes.
Due to the increase in the number of regular users on TikTok, the non-profit organization ConnectSafely I lead has released a TikTok guide for senior citizens.You will find the link in the following location ConnectSafely.org/Seniors, And a link to our advanced online safety guide.
As we said in the guide, “Older people like TikTok for the same reasons as teenagers. It’s fun and fun.” For those who post videos, it’s a way to express themselves, from food to fitness. , Health care, pets, relationships, home maintenance, humor, fashion, politics, and any other topics that interest them to express their opinions.
I am one of 11 million users over the age of 50. Although I don’t spend as much time on TikTok as on Facebook, I like to watch short videos of 15 seconds to 3 minutes at most, although most of them are short. many. Blogger Dan Slee He wrote that he watched the 100 best TikTok videos and concluded that the best length of TikTok videos is 16 seconds. This does not surprise me. Young people are not the only ones with low concentration. When I watch a video on YouTube, I often quit after about 20 seconds unless I am really interested in the content. Even so, I will be angry if the creator takes too long to understand this.
Although I have created some TikTok videos, I mostly just watch them, and I am not alone. Although TikTok can be a place to express themselves, many people use it as a form of entertainment or to learn from others. If you are not familiar with this service or any other service, if your spirit touches you, it is best to watch it first and contribute content later.
Well-known senior Tikok user
TikTok has almost all elderly people from all walks of life, such as 68-year-old actor Mandy Patinkin (@mandypatinktok) And 87-year-old Jenny Krupa,@its_j_dog) Her short videos are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant or sad, and often disrespectful short videos. She has accumulated nearly 2 million fans. I won’t tell you Joe Arlington’s age, but you can calculate it from the last 4 digits of his username, @grandadjoe1933He started posting on TikTok in the early days of the pandemic, and his first video urged people to “please consider others and don’t buy in bulk”, which has been viewed tens of millions of times. Many of his videos are very interesting, but I was moved to tears by his video about “A True Love”. He was with him for 20 years until “She woke up in the middle of the night, leaned her head on my pillow and passed away.” The text on the screen is emotional enough, but the music and photos make it even more poignant.Barbara Costello (72) publishes cooking tips, dances with her husband, and provides home-cooked philosophy under her username @brunchwithbabs.
Other seniors use TikTok to record their struggles with health or memory, or how they stay healthy.
Like most TikTok users, the vast majority of senior citizens are not “influencers” with thousands or millions of followers. It’s ok. Many people only use it to watch videos, while others mainly use it to exchange videos and keep in touch with family and close friends, including adult children, and of course grandchildren. This is a good way to bridge the generation gap in the big family. I believe that there are many families with grandparents and grandchildren who exchange videos on TikTok without the participation of the middle generation. I heard that teenagers think their grandparents are more “clumsy” (ie, “cool”) than their parents.
Use TikTok and stay safe
To publish a video, you need to download the TikTok app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and register for a free account.But you can watch the video online Douyin No account required. This is a great way to get acquainted with what TikTok provides on mobile devices or computers with larger screens and physical keyboards.
Everyone, including the elderly, needs to consider privacy, reputation, comfort, and safety on all social media. TikTok prohibits violent extremism, hateful behavior, illegal activities, violent and image content, harassment, bullying, nudity, and sexual activity. Not all videos are suitable for everyone, so if you see something you don’t like, please go ahead. If you post and want to limit your audience, please consider setting up a private profile so that only people you authorize can follow you. Please pay attention to your background to ensure that you do not accidentally disclose your location or other private information. As always, be kind and considerate to others, and don’t include others in your videos without their permission. To enforce its rules, TikTok uses a combination of policies and manual and machine-based review practices to deal with content that may violate its guidelines. Visit ConnectSafely.org/Tiktok for links to TikTok guides and short quick guides. They are aimed at parents, but these suggestions apply to users of any age.
Disclosure: Larry Magid is the CEO of ConnectSafely.org, a non-profit Internet security organization that has received TikTok and other Technology Company.