Are You Too Old For TikTok?
You’re definitely too old to film yourself doing a dumb-ass dance — but not for enjoying what those dances mean
I’m 33 years old. It’s a weird age, teetering between being in touch and stuck in my ways. And I know I’m not the only one standing at the intersection of Young Buck and Old Head. Every time something comes along, whether it’s slang or pop culture or a new tech platform, you confront the same question: Am I too old for this? That’s why I’m here — to work through these conundrums on your behalf, on a weekly basis. Together, hopefully, we can face some harsh truths about our own washed-ness.
You really want to learn someone’s personality? Take a look at their social media portfolio. It’s crucial whether you’re scouting prospective employees, friends, or people you’ll later regret having sex with. If they’re only on LinkedIn and Facebook, chances are they use words like “disruption” and listen to some problematic podcasts. If they IG and tweet all day, they might just be a millennial with a lot on their mind and zero sense of boundaries. They don’t have any social media accounts at all? Clearly they’re hiding from their family so they can cheat in peace. (Look, these are the rules; I didn’t make them.)
So when a new form of social media pops up, we have to be sure that it fits into our personalities and portfolios. We don’t want to step too far beyond our abilities and end up looking foolish by trying to keep up with the newest trends. As we get older, the new social media entities that pop up seem younger and younger. For instance, I never got into Snapchat, mostly because I never understood the appeal of wearing an invisible animated clown nose. But the newest social media behemoth has wedged its way into my heart, allowing me to fall in love with it even though I don’t even have the app on my phone.
We are absolutely too damn old to try to make TikToks for a few reasons — not the least of which is the fact that there is nothing as funny…