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Unsung hero

| Thursday, April 2, 2020

In these past few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, some hometown heroes have risen to the challenge of supporting our population. In addition to the many health care professionals risking their lives to treat patients, farmers have continued growing produce, truck drivers have transported that food and grocery store employees have kept their shelves stocked as best they can. 

And yes, healthcare, food and all the essential disinfecting supplies are necessary in this time of illness and uncertainty. However, these two weeks in quarantine have taught me humans require another necessity: entertainment. 

Thankfully we live in a time where we have access to all different forms of entertainment at our fingertips. However, I am here to name one specific platform as the unsung hero of this time in quarantine. 

TikTok. 

Think about it. Every other form of social media is spiraling out of control at this moment. Instagram is flooded with random challenges and drawings of carrots on users’ stories. Facebook is filled with boomers talking politics or the best ways to make your own Clorox wipes. Twitter serves as a constant influx of bad news. Even Snapchat is mundane, sending selfies to the same people over and over again (showing them you haven’t moved from that one spot in the house all day). 

TikTok is different. It is a constant stream of new content. Your feed is curated to your sense of humor thanks to the platform’s algorithm, so you can never be bored. 

On top of that, there seems to be a new dance to learn every day. Yes, it may seem silly at first. I was once a TikTok dance hater myself. However, learning TikTok dances has motivated me to get off my couch and accomplish something (It’s good exercise too!). Learning or creating Tik Toks is also a very smart family bonding tactic for this never-ending family vacation we are all experiencing right now. We have reached that point of boredom in my household that my dad will come running downstairs when he hears us learning a new dance because he wants to join or watch. 

So, I would like to end my rant nominating TikTok as the unsung hero of this quarantine season by saying that I have never felt as accomplished as when I learned the “Blinding Lights” dance. Yes, it may have taken 25 tries, and I may have only received 38 views, but I had a lot of fun in the process of making it. TikTok serves as a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. Whether you are there for the memes or the dances, it is a light-hearted way to take your mind off of all the frightening events happening in our lives right now. 

P.S. I guarantee every single TikTok hater will soon cave and download the app by the time this quarantine is over. You all truly do not know what you are missing out on. 

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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