At this point, I encounter two main camps of people when it comes to TikTok: people who have downloaded it and enjoy it for the distracting rabbit hole that it is, or people who have seen the occasional TikTok shared on other social media platforms and are like, “Yeah, I know it’s funny, but I can’t be bothered to learn a new app! I’m too old! It’s so overwhelming! I don’t really get it!” Up until semi-recently, I was in the second camp. If you still are too, there has never been a better time to just download TikTok for mental health and self-care purposes.

More specifically: If you, like me and so many other people, are swirling around in this election vortex, unsure of what to do with yourself and unable to do literally anything but stare at a screen, there has never been a better time to download TikTok for mental health and self-care purposes. Please, just give yourself the gift of scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and scrolling) through a never-ending parade of pleasant, funny mental stimulation. It’s the opposite of doomscrolling. It’s escapism-scrolling.

The thing about the TikTok algorithm is that it learns you pretty fast. (Yes, I know that’s freaky and there’s a lot to say on the subject, but you know what? No room in my brain right now. Sorry. Talk to me next year. TikTok good.) Next thing you know, your For You Page—the TikTok landing page where algorithmically-generated recommendations show up—will be serving you up a perfect combination of…whatever you need. Seriously. There are endless corners of TikTok to stumble upon. For me, that’s meant a bunch of cats and other cute animals (I stumbled into Sugar Glider TikTok and am never going back), pasta-making videos, comedians, therapists, queer shit, and right now, a whole lot of election and Nevada jokes.

Because yes, like any social media platform, you probably won’t escape current events completely—but let me tell you, Election TikTok is so much better than Election Twitter or, god forbid, Election Facebook. If we’re going to be stuck in this hell, we might as well laugh about it. And unlike finding election jokes on, say, Twitter, you don’t have to scroll through stressful or enraging news updates in order to stumble upon the occasional laugh. TikTok is all good distraction, all the time.

The best* part? With your For You Page, the scrolling is literally endless. There’s no moment where you get far enough down in your timeline that you’re suddenly reading the Tweets you read an hour ago. It’s just new content all the way down. (*Any other time, this is also the worst part, because it is incredibly hard to pull yourself away. But during this moment in time, when my brain desperately needs a distraction that makes time pass faster? It is absolutely the best part. I open TikTok, black out, and it’s suddenly three hours later.)

Listen, I know this sounds like a weird infomercial for TikTok and unhealthy coping mechanisms, and YEP, IT SURE IS. But as someone who writes about mental health for a living, often drawn from my own experience, the only thing helping my mental health right now is dissociating to TikTok in between bouts of endless screaming. So that’s what I have for you today.

Seriously. Go download it. Oh, and you can follow SELF’s TikTok while you’re there.

Source: self.com