It is interesting to note what is left out of the debate on Tik Tok (Tik Tok Feeds Teens a Diet of Darkness, May15). In desperately looking for ways to make China appear to be our enemy, data theft and negative thoughts are trotted out as dangers we face here in the USA.
In China children are groomed to be better citizens. In the USA they are groomed as victims of Tik Tok or whatever other villain is handy (drugs, racism, economic exploitation, climate change).
The shocking statistic of 16% of kids constantly on Tik Tok makes me wonder who will do productive work?
Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, limits visits to 40 minutes and doesn’t allow overnight use. Chinese kids utilize Tik Tok as an educational tool. Tik Tok in the USA encourages addiction, depression and isolation.
What’s most disturbing is that the authoritarian government of China is starting to make more sense as parents here throw up their hands.