For a couple of years, TikTok came to become the public’s favorite social network. This is something that is clear when seeing the speed with which it managed to reach one billion users, compared to other platforms. Thus, at the moment we are facing a new giant that needs to be studied in depth, just like the others. This is the opinion of researcher Marc Zenone of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, by stating the need for research on TikTok and its impact on health.

Just as the other social networks have been reviewed to determine how it affects people, it is time for TikTok to also go through the examining eye.

The need for research on TikTok and its impact on health

Social networks represent a new phenomenon that has begun to be studied from various points of view, from the sociological to the medical. Thus, news such as those that speak of the adverse effects that Facebook can generate on adolescents have emerged. Likewise, there has been talk of “Instagram Therapy” where support groups and information are generated to contribute to mental health. However, there is a lack of research targeting TikTok and its impact on health.

This is how Marc Zenone suggests that researchers must assume that TikTok, like other social networks, needs to be the object of study. The purpose is to explore the incidence of problems ranging from mental health to the dissemination of conspiracy theories.

TikTok is a gigantic source of information, however, not all of it is correct, real or proven. In this sense, it is necessary to know the extent of this scourge in order to address it and avoid both the spread of incorrect information and negative effects on people’s health. Therefore, Zenone identifies areas to review such as the promotion of dubious health products and everything related to misinformation in different fields.

Although TikTok is the social network of the moment, studies on its impact on health could save many problems in the near future after the extensive exposure we have to this social network.