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Student Research Guide WQ24/ Influences of TikTok

Student Research Guide for Library 201/ Jerzay Leonard

TikTok and its effects


TikToks Effects on Society


 This is a student created research guide for English 102 & Library 201 Learning community


This guide will help address and explain the way mental health, decisions constantly made, and the way society perceives those who tend to use TikTok.


Our generation has been affected by TikTok, making us be easily influenced into trends, believing false information, questioning our worth, and much more.

  1. What are some ways TikTok affects us mentally?
  2. How does TikTok change the way we perceive things?
  3. Does TikTok change the way we look at society?
  4. What are the issues that come with the app TikTok?



Social media has been a part of our daily use ever since this generation can remember. In a way social media has given us so many things that we can’t remember life without nowadays. Although, it has been a way of giving us new insight to things, useful information etc., social media is a place of negativity, specifically the popular app named TikTok. What is TikTok’s effects on society? To go about this paper, reading and writing the main concerns that TikTok has on society will be the main goal. Most sites had shared similar concerns, being the way we perceive ourselves, feeling the constant need to compare ourselves to others, mental health being affected, and etc. TikTok takes a toll on the way our mental health behaves and the way others think. Future researchers or society should take these findings and figure out ways to make users of TikTok feel safe. Users of this app shouldn’t feel as if they aren’t good enough just due to an app they enjoy from time to time.   

Background Information

TikTok is one of the biggest social platforms and biggest influences on society nowadays. This app is constantly making changes, allowing itself to continuously become more and more popular. Social media has been around for a long time and is still very prominent, especially in this generation. Most times users tend to overlook the little things such as the effects TikTok may have on us as a society or an individual. Since TikTok has become one of the most popular apps in Gen Z’s generation, many times the cons are overlooked. Although it is a very up to date app, users don’t realize the effects they put on themselves through just for this certain platform. As a society, it is felt as the need to keep up with every single trend to be considered “kept in the loop”. Users put their minds through so much just from an app, causing our mental health to suffer. Many users feel the need to compare themselves to other users, physically and mentally. Here creates a mental take for the users, feeling the need to live up to society's beauty standards and so much more. Users tend to look more into our self-image and the way others may perceive them, giving our mental health a downside from this certain app. Society may love TikTok, but do the users ever take into account the different ways it affects us negatively?

Video, Graph, or Image

This video talks about the mental affects TikTok takes onto our brain. The doctor shown later on in this video goes on about how the short films created by TikTok has made our minds as individuals rely on sort of a "short cut".This video contributes to my topic by talking about the mental affects on our brain, and how it negatively makes us feel. In the video, it is very prevalent that TikTok tends to control users' emotions just due to short films. Users can feel a neurological addicting dopamine type of feeling, which keeps reeling back in the audience of TikTok.

Source citation:

Ziegler, Dr. S. (2022a, April 18). The science behind “Tiktok Brain.” YouTube. 

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