Monet Izabeth
TikTok has a unique energy that just might spur people to try new things. (Photo: Courtesy Monet Izabeth)
Adventures in Audio

Is TikTok Motivating People to Get Outdoors?

Monet Izabeth

Something surprising is happening on the video app best known for silly dance moves: users are finding inspiration for adventure. There are some fundamental differences in the way TikTok works that make it stand out from other social media platforms, and those differences may make it a space that’s more prone to bringing different kinds of people together to try new things. Camping. Hiking. International travel. It’s no utopia—like other social apps, TikTok has been called out for causing harm to younger users and spreading misinformation—but there’s a unique energy here that can be a force of good.

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