A new TikTok trend named, "I had pasta tonight", is being used by teenagers as a heartbreaking secret code and people are trying to raise awareness...
Technology and social media truly define the younger generation.It's pretty unlikely that you'll see a teenager walking down the street without a smartphone in their hand, desperately scrolling through their many social media apps.
But it isn't just teenagers who are obsessed with social media...The majority of us adults are too, with us posting every inch of our lives on these apps and communicating with others through them.
A lot of social media apps provide many purposes...People can actually earn a living through social media, such as selling things on Instagram or starting a business through Twitter.
But there are some apps that aren't so productive...And TikTok is one of them!
A lot of people struggled to understand exactly what TikTok is...Basically, it is an iOS and Android app made for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.
Of course, the majority of content on the app is filled with humorous and silly videos...But if you search hard enough, you'll come across some pretty moving stuff.
Some people try and use the app to make a difference...Dr. Emeka Okorocha, for example. The doctor has been using TikTok to not only raise awareness about healthcare workers but to also talk about the BLM movement.
It's important to remember that the majority of people who use TikTok are teenagers...And they will literally pour their entire lives out onto the app.
A recent trend has emerged...And it has the most heartbreaking of meanings.
Many teenagers have been using the line, "I had pasta tonight" in their TikTok videos...But instead of being a viral craze, it's actually a call for help.
What the statement often means is that the person in the video is feeling depressed, anxious, or experiencing suicidal thoughts.According to data from the CDC, Gen Z is the most at-risk generation for mental illness. Business Insider reported that the suicide rate for people aged 10 to twenty-four has increased by fifty-six percent between 2007 and 2017.
Other phrases have been used on TikTok to represent these feelings also...Including the use of shampoo and conditioner, for example: "I finished my shampoo and conditioner at the same time."
How on earth did this TikTok trend begin?A Reddit user believes that the phrases come from a Wattpad post titled, "Don’t kill yourself today."
One TikTok captioned "Told my mom about my favorite pasta recipe and she made it for dinner tonight" received over 3 million views...And 60,000 comments - all of which can be summed up by one user’s comment: "This comment section is my new therapy. Thank you."
Thankfully, people have caught on to these phrases...
And strangers have been reaching out to one another in an attempt to battle these dark thoughts.
saw a tiktok about a girl saying her mom just made her favorite pasta.... not knowing what it’s about, i went to th… https://t.co/7TAyc3dSuP— Amber 🌻 (@Amber 🌻)1593125341.0
People have been trying to raise awareness...
And the more people who are aware of suicidal tendencies, the more that can be prevented.
I'm not on Tiktok but if you are and come across posts such as 'I had pasta tonight' or 'I finished my shampoo and… https://t.co/PMQwmMgmC8— Mihad Ali (@Mihad Ali)1593601371.0