TikTok, and other social networks, such as Instagram and Facebook, have been criticized for having negative effects on one’s confidence. This can deeply hurt one’s mental health. There have been instances where people turned to self-harm or faced other issues, such as anorexia and bulimia, because of social media. Too much fan following in a short time makes them break from the real world. They are virtually so famous, not necessarily in real life. Many youngsters get addicted to these Apps that make them feel bigger. Many of them, who lose their fans or likes on their post, suffer hopelessness. There are many incidences where young TikTokers have taken their lives when their real-life dreams got shattered. Most of them live dual lives, or we can say the virtual world becomes their existence. Not many earn money from these apps, but they earn some fame which is not enough to fulfill their daily needs.
Lithin Curzz was famous among Indians for his comical videos on Tiktok. He had millions of fans before the government of India banned TikTok. Lithin Cruzz started his career as a model and was a freelance photographer too who has an interest in music and modelling. Lithin Cruz was from Kochi, Kerala. Before becoming a Tik Tok star, Lithin worked as a photographer at Director of Fashion and Branding at L7 Studios and designer of fashion at B12 Store. Lithin Cruzz had more than 500K followers in Tiktok and over twenty million likes. He is in his early 20s and his TikTok fan base was constantly growing before the ban. On 28th September 2020, there were many rumours on social media that Tiktoker Lithin Cruzz ended his life by committing suicide. Lithin was worried about the fact that the Tiktok is getting banned in India. He was addicted to that virtual stardom.
The 18-year-old from Salarpur, went into depression for not getting likes and followers on TikTok, ‘depressed’ teenager committed suicide, this Kerala boy was active on TikTok, which allows users to post short clips of themselves performing all kind of stunts and lip-syncing songs and tunes. During the inquiry, it came to light that he would make videos on TikTok and nobody ‘liked’ his videos on the app for the past few days. People from his family and neighbourhood said that he was really worried about not getting ‘likes’ on TikTok and that is why he took this extreme step.
Pooja Chavan a famous TikToker a 22-year-old was a member of the tribal Banjara community and hailed from Parli Vaijnath in Beed district. She had come to Pune to attend an educational course. She is suspected to have died by suicide in the early hours of February 7 by jumping from the first floor of her building. After the incident, the two persons residing with Pooja had reportedly taken her to a hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival. While no suicide note was found after Chavan’s death, a case of accidental death (AD) was lodged at the Wanavdi police station.
Meanwhile, Pooja’s purported photographs with Minister Rathod and about 12 audio clips have surfaced, following which there has been a demand to probe the minister’s link with her death. Pooja was over-ambitious and she wanted to be rich and fame as early as she could garner the same. She chose to fall for her state minister who represents her community. His association made her think powerful, she was getting all that she wanted, money, facilities, and at the same time tours if the circulated audios are believed to be. Later on, she moved to Pune to pursue education (as told by her parents), but she detected her pregnancy was positive. Too much Loan, financial crises, Tiktok ban, and above all she was asked to vacate the place where she stayed in Pune. Her ambitions were shattering and her personal life went unorganised. Police reports say that she committed suicide.
16-year-old TikTok star Siya Kakkar committed suicide on June 25 in New Delhi’s Preet Vihar residence. The reason behind her death is still unknown. The news of her death was confirmed by her manager Arjun Sarin, who took care of her work and endorsements. Arjun said that work is not the reason for her death as she was doing well and gave a hint on her personal life. Siya was famous and she had many choices but these choices hardly hold on to her. Her personal life got disturbed and that driven her to commit suicide.
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There is no value addition to them as in their personality, all they are caring about is looks, hair, makeup, and stardom. This is something that is never going to add to the human resource quality of our country. It is shit; it will be shit forever no matter how much money anyone earns. Our Bollywood industry is altogether filled with litter apart from 2-3 movies that really count in and have taught something. Looking at these losers, the youth feel superior by getting some million likes and followers. In this app, people shoot flinch videos to get popularity, whether in a positive or a negative way, which can be related to Dhinchak Pooja’s story.
So, most of the youth think that instead of working hard and/or doing something creative, they’re getting fame and subsequently money very easily. But the harsh reality is that only selected people become famous through this app (mostly in a negative way). From the girl’s point of view most of the girls look at these so-called TikTok stars and think by imitating them they can become famous. Today, Social media has become an integral part of our lives. There are so many apps out there that are meant for infotainment. Social media is a platform that helps to connect with our near and dear ones. As per date, TikTok has a widespread presence all across India, especially in Tier-2 and Tier- 3 cities. On June 29, 2020, the Indian government officially banned TikTok. According to a report, before the Indian government banned the app in the country, TikTok had over 200 million users and more than 200,000 influencers in India. Before India, countries like Indonesia went ahead and banned the app. Reasons for the Tik Tok ban were pornography, inappropriate content, and blasphemy.