8 TikTok Trends That Are Terrible for the Environment (2022)

Thanks to the internet, sometimes unnecessary planetary damage is gleefully filmed and proudly posted. On TikTok, the ever-growing social media behemoth that teens love, trends come and go quickly—but some of them can’t vanish soon enough. Here are a few of the worst bad-for-the-Earth fads that have swept through the platform. Please don’t try any of these.

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Frog (H)army

Frog (H)army

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A TikTok account racked up millions likes, followers, and views on so-called “frog army” posts, which alarmed biologists earlier this year. User @thinfrog’s videos appear to catalogue a person collecting amphibian eggs from various water bodies, raising those eggs into a swarm of tiny froglets, and then unleashing them into the wild.

The veracity of the TikTok is unconfirmed, and many commenters have expressed skepticism that the videos are real. Some have gone as far as to identify parts of the footage that seem to be from years-old YouTube videos. But real or hoax, the popularity of the frog army videos concerned experts.

Initially, @thinfrog’s videos seemed to inspire others. Older comments on the posts are chock-full of people asking where they could get their own frog eggs to raise and release. And at least one other TikTok user posted similar content, claiming to have released 100 million ladybugs in New York’s Central Park.

Relocating and releasing animals into the wild without proper approval and permits is a huge environmental risk. Moving frogs, even between ponds in the same zip code, can be extremely detrimental to the local ecosystem and amphibians as a whole. Some species of frog, like American bullfrogs, are considered invasive around the world. They are voracious predators that spread fast and often carry a deadly fungal disease with them. In fact, they’re so bad that bullfrogs are considered one of the 100 worst invasive species worldwide.

And even if the species in the frog army videos isn’t invasive, they could still easily pass along disease to new ponds and streams.

“It makes me cringe,” Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity told The Guardian. “Instead of helping, [this TikTok user is] actually hurting the animals they’re releasing and all the animals in the environment that they’re releasing them into — it’s creating a vector for disease and invasive species.”

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The Big Dig

The Big Dig

Digging in sand at the beach is usually innocuous fun. But on TikTok, bigger is better if you’re trying to rack up views. In the platform’s apparent beach excavation trend, tiny plastic shovels and other sand castle accoutrements are replaced by large shovels and a determination to go deep.

Unfortunately, digging a massive pit on the beach and leaving it there has downsides—both for human safety and the ecosystem. Large holes can be a fall hazard for other beachgoers and can trap sea turtle hatchlings and other beach wildlife, according to multiple news reports from local Florida media outlets.

If you do opt to dig a hole, please fill it in—if not for humanity, then for the turtles’ sake.

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The Even Bigger Dig

The Even Bigger Dig

If digging a hole at the beach and leaving it there is bad, you can bet doing the same thing in the middle of the jungle on an even grander scale is...also bad.

A subset of “primitive technology” videos have popped up on TikTok (though most seem to have been originally posted on YouTube) with hundreds of thousands of views. In the videos, a small group of men seem to use hand tools to carve out entire swimming pools, living rooms, underground lairs from the previously undisturbed forest floor.

Again, the veracity of these videos is widely disputed, and it’s likely the TikToks aren’t representative of all of the work, equipment, and people power that goes into these constructions. However, regardless of how it’s been done, the end result is a massive pit with no drainage system and a whole lot of soil displacement and erosion—all in the name of clicks.

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Resin Repercussions

Resin Repercussions

The human tendency to create art is a wonderful thing, but all that creative power can sometimes be not-so-beautiful. Resin art uses epoxy resin (a petroleum-based plastic-like product) to make everything from sculptures to keychains, furniture, wall art, and more. It starts out in a pourable, liquid form and can be “cured” into a mesmerizing solid. Watching flowing resin be poured and molded is hypnotizing, and the final product can be astounding, hence the proliferation of resin artists on TikTok.

But in both the solid and liquid stages, resin has big environmental consequences. Uncured resin emits toxic fumes and should only be handled using proper safety equipment in a very well-ventilated space. It’s also toxic to aquatic life and can cause a lot of harm if it’s dumped down the drain (or in the trash) in its liquid form. Uncured epoxy can only be safely offloaded via professional, hazardous waste disposal services.

When it’s cured, solid resin becomes just as indestructible as other plastics. It doesn’t readily break down. Instead, it’s destined to eventually sit in landfills, unchanged for thousands of years.

“I am not one to judge any artist’s medium choice, but I do worry that because resin crafts have become popular lately, we will eventually see a lot more resin in landfills than we typically do,” Alaina Wood, a solid waste disposal expert, told Mashable.

“I hope that people aren’t immediately throwing away resin crafts, but it is naïve to think resin crafts won’t eventually be thrown out,” she added.

Thankfully, it seems that as the popularity of resin art continues to grow, so too does awareness of the issues with it. In their report, Mashable pointed out that a new trend has emerged alongside resin art, TikTok-ers (like Wood) are encouraging each other to use more sustainable materials.

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Fast Fashion Hauls

Fast Fashion Hauls

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Fast fashion is an environmental catastrophe. Clothes manufacturing is a massively polluting industry, and when companies manipulate people into chucking out last year’s threads for the newest trends, they’re contributing to a growing waste crisis.

Sadly though, one of the most enduring trends on TikTok are try-on “hauls,” where creators receive packages full of clothing from a fast fashion retailer and then review each item on video. Often, this type of content is sponsored, so creators are paid to give positive endorsements of the (usually) cheap clothing.

The impact is multi-fold. Obviously, fashion influencers are personally going through a lot of clothes. But functionally, these videos are nothing more than advertisements meant to get more people buying more stuff.

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Wasteful Theft

Wasteful Theft

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Lots of problems emerged when “devious licks” started gaining steam on TikTok last year. For one, the stealing challenge led to multiple teens facing criminal charges. Devious licks got kids to steal large quantities of covid-19 tests, plastic spoons, and disposable masks. And there were reportedly larger heists, too: soap dispensers, lab equipment, even toilets.

TikTok eventually removed almost all of the devious lick videos for content violations and banned related hashtags and search terms. But lots of the damage was already done.

Schools had to replace everything stolen, and the fate of the original items is mostly a mystery. Likely, much of the contraband that wasn’t returned was trashed.

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Orbeez :(

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Orbeez :(

Just because “water beads” aren’t plastic, doesn’t mean it’s fine to dump them everywhere. The expanding colorful spheres are made from super absorbent polymer gels, and do technically biodegrade over time—in fact, they were initially intended and marketed as a gardening and agricultural tool, to help retain soil moisture. But time is relative, and two to five years (maybe even up to 10!) is a long wait while polymer beads build up in the environment.

Just as they can pose a choking and obstruction threat to children, Orbeez and similar water beads can also be a risk to wildlife that might ingest them accidentally.

Plus, there’s the damage they can reportedly do to sewage systems as people opt to fill their bathtubs with them. Water beads are fun in certain contexts, and can safely enjoyed in small quantities, contained in your home, but maybe reconsider intentionally pouring them outside.

Gizmodo is begging you to think before you ‘beez.

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Toilet Trash

Toilet Trash

Ok, this one is pretty self-evident. The “trend” is literally people dumping stuff down the toilet. Is it a meta commentary on consumption? An act of performance art?

Whatever the motivation, please don’t fill your toilet bowl with otherwise usable food for internet clout. And please, dear god, don’t just pour huge quantities of corrosive, toxin-filled cleaning products down the drain.

Seriously, cleaning products can be dangerous stuff—for human health and for the environment. They’re not intended to be used, or disposed of, in high volumes, and mixing them together can be deadly.

I can’t pretend to understand why people were/are doing this, I just wish I could erase it from the internet and my brain. Of all the questionable TikTok trends, I swear this is the one that’s going to become my Joker origin story.

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FAQs

What is the new TikTok trend 2022? ›

The Celine Dion lip-syncing challenge is one of the most popular trends that has carried on from 2021 to 2022. The viral song All coming back to me now by Celine Dion has caught the attention of TikTok users of all ages.

What is the most popular TikTok trend? ›

A mega list of TikTok trends to fill your feed
  • Flamin' hot TikTok trends.
  • Inverted.
  • Tell me without telling me.
  • Rent free.
  • Just vibing.
  • Teleport.
  • Tortilla challenge.
  • Sheesh.

How do I find current TikTok trends? ›

One of the easiest ways to identify TikTok trends is to browse the 'Discover' tab. There are also some popular hashtags such as the #trendalert that you can follow to identify emerging trends. You should also pay attention to your For You page.

How does this TikTok affect the lifestyle of the people? ›

The app has slowly become more and more integrated into society and peoples' lives, and now it has even begun to affect politics. There are also countless ways that TikTok has an impact on the economy. Firstly, having a social-media presence and platform has now become a full-time job for some teens and young adults.

Is TikTok a trend or fad? ›

It has become a hub – and home – for digital life across nearly every demographic. However, the “trends” we see on TikTok are really just fads. While wildly popular for a solid moment in time, most new dances, image effects and challenges fade away, only to be replaced by new ones.

How long do TikTok trends last? ›

Park said most TikTok trends run in “90-day cycles,” with a life span of six months at most. Crucial to keeping up with trending TikTok aesthetics is understanding their nuances and why shoppers are flocking to the look.

What makes TikTok popular? ›

TikTok's main selling point is that it features built-in recording and editing capabilities that make it easy for content creators to quickly record, edit, and post video content on the platform–and have them go viral when done right.

What food is trending on TikTok? ›

Best TikTok Food Trends
  • Corn Ribs.
  • Baked Feta Pasta.
  • Pasta Chips.
  • Baked Oats.
  • Cloud Bread.
  • Pesto Eggs.
  • Salmon Rice Bowl.
  • Spicy Vodka Pasta.
25 Aug 2022

What is Adult Swim trend? ›

'AS' stands for Adult Swim and it is a TikTok trend that's been taking social media by storm. It involves users creating their own bumpers or bumps, which are followed by [adult swim] or [AS]. The content pays homage to the original Adult Swim bumpers or bumps, which were played before and after adverts.

Which dress is trending now for Girl? ›

2020 clothing trends include mid-length skirts, feminine pink hue, luxe velvet fabric, trendy athleisure, hot off-the-shoulder tops, attractive statement sleeves, cool stripes and embroidered patches. You can wear Midi Skirts anytime, anywhere. They are easy-to-wear, voguish and smart.

What is a social trend? ›

Abstract. The term "social trends" came into use in connection with statistical measurement of trend lines, but it was quickly used to describe movements not statistically measured, as, for instance, the trend in the growth of an institution.

What are the latest trends in technology? ›

Top 10 Trending Technologies in 2022
  • HyperAutomation.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Full Stack Development.
  • Blockchain.
  • Snowflake.
  • Edge Computing.
  • Internet of Behaviors.
  • Predictive Analytics.
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What are some negatives of TikTok? ›

Government officials and child-safety advocates maintain that TikTok's computer algorithms pushing video content to users can promote eating disorders and even self-harm and suicide to young viewers.

What is the negative and positive effect of TikTok? ›

While the application can be used to spread positivity, it can also be used as a platform for bullying. Many people post negative comments on the videos and harass creators making the most out of their anonymity. Some people use the app to criticize other people's videos, while some users create videos deriding others.

What are examples of trends? ›

What are some examples of trends and fads? As of 2019, some recent trends include food as a hobby or foodie-ism, ethical living, responsible consumerism, authenticity on social media, blurring of gender roles, and wearable technology.

What trends will be popular in 2022? ›

12 Trends that Define 2022 So Far
  • Catsuits. Getty, Bonnie Nichoalds. The catsuit is one of the year's most unexpected trends to emerge. ...
  • Chain Belts. . ...
  • Micro Blazers. . ...
  • Big Jackets. Harper's BAZAAR. ...
  • Shiny Things. . ...
  • Bright Bags. . ...
  • Miniskirts. . ...
  • Oversized Shirts. Getty Images.
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What are some examples of social trends? ›

Top Trends in Society & culture
  • Speeding up. Everything is speeding up thanks to our obsession with technology and efficiency - although whether anything is actually moving in the right direction is a moot point. ...
  • Anxiety. ...
  • Demographic change. ...
  • Global and local. ...
  • Happiness. ...
  • Authenticity. ...
  • Memory. ...
  • Networked.

Is TikTok here to stay? ›

42% used TikTok less in March of 2021 compared with March 2020. 51% think TikTok is here to stay, with 49% predicting TikTok to become a dead platform. After growing rapidly in March 2020, many video marketers predicted that the platform would fall out of favour. However, one year on, TikTok is still growing.

Why do people lip sync TikTok? ›

Lip-syncing on TikTok lets you perfectly match your own movements to that of various audio pieces within the app. For example; think of your favorite comedy routine. You can gain a lot of followers by syncing your video to other's audio.

Is social media a trend or fad? ›

A fad is defined as a short-term, fleeting interest in a product or event, whereas a trend is a long-term preoccupation with something. A trend has the staying power to endure the test of time. Social media is a trend and here's why. Social media is actually not a new concept to the Internet.

What are 5 facts about TikTok? ›

Tiktok Facts
  • 01The app Tiktok was initially released as Douyin in China in September 2016.
  • 02TikTok launched globally in August 2018 after merging with a similar app called Musical.ly.
  • 03The app comes in 75 different languages.
  • 04On iOS phones, the downloaded app takes around 300 MB worth of storage space.
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Why do people follow trends? ›

People experience the bandwagon effect for various reasons, such as because they want to conform with others in order to gain their approval, because they believe that relying on the opinion of others is beneficial, or because they're motivated by additional mechanisms, such as the fear of missing out.

Who owns TikTok? ›

ByteDance is the parent company of TikTok and is headquartered in Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party has an ownership stake in ByteDance. Reports suggest more than 100 CCP members are located in ByteDance's Beijing office.

How does TikTok affect society? ›

U.S. lawmakers and federal regulators have criticized TikTok, citing practices and computer-driven promotion of content they say can endanger the physical and mental health of young users. The platform has an estimated 1 billion monthly users and is especially popular with teens and younger children.

Why do people like TikTok so much? ›

Users enjoy their time on TikTok, they're delighted by the unique content they find, and they feel safe expressing themselves with their own content. That all helps to explain why TikTok is so popular. Users even feel more positive toward content from businesses and brands on TikTok compared to other platforms.

How does TikTok benefit you as a student? ›

Platforms like TikTok can help students identify project ideas, collaborate during the learning process, document that process, or curate and share any products or results of their project. As a philosophy, PBL promotes real-world skills, and in this digital age, that includes technological competency.

How do you make a Frozen Honey trend? ›

All you need to do is pour pure 100% honey into a water bottle and freeze it. We first saw this trend on TikToker's @daveyrz's account who showed us that pouring honey into a water bottle and freezing it doesn't freeze the honey to a rock-solid state.

What are the 2022 food trends? ›

In 2022, we expect to see the 'Reduce' in 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' on display more, as consumers look to reduce their consumption (specifically of meat, dairy and eggs), and for brands that are actively reducing as well.

What does POV mean on TikTok? ›

Based in Melbourne, the professional model says POV or "point of view" videos are one of a few good ways to engage his audience on the app — mostly teenage girls (his followers are more than 90 per cent women, according to his TikTok dashboard). He just needs to add a caption, and maybe a trending pop track.

When did the as trend start? ›

As USA Today reported in 2013, Adult Swim launched an app at the time that allowed people to create their own bumps with the possibility of airing on television. "We've been creating bumps on our air for over a decade," Michael Cahill, vice president of on-air and social media for Adult Swim, told Insider.

Is Adult Swim for Kids? ›

Parents should know that adult swim is okay for 14 and up like High and up but watch out because because some could be, 16+ or 18+.

What does the new trend on TikTok mean? ›

What are TikTok Trends? Quite simply, they're how social video app TikTok groups together its trending hashtags and songs. It's easy to find the biggest current TikTok Trends within the app, by clicking the 'Discover' magnifying glass and choosing Trends at the top of the screen.

What's next report TikTok? ›

The What's Next Report is a deep dive into top-performing products and emerging trends. The report includes case studies to help identify the top tactics for unlocking success on TikTok, and tips for brands looking for further inspiration.

What is Adult Swim trend? ›

'AS' stands for Adult Swim and it is a TikTok trend that's been taking social media by storm. It involves users creating their own bumpers or bumps, which are followed by [adult swim] or [AS]. The content pays homage to the original Adult Swim bumpers or bumps, which were played before and after adverts.

What hashtag is trending on TikTok? ›

Best #trending hashtags for TikTok
#HashtagPost Views
1#viral8,929
2#love2,853
3#instagram5,282
4#explorepage7,118
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How long do TikTok trends last? ›

Park said most TikTok trends run in “90-day cycles,” with a life span of six months at most. Crucial to keeping up with trending TikTok aesthetics is understanding their nuances and why shoppers are flocking to the look.

Is TikTok a trend or fad? ›

It has become a hub – and home – for digital life across nearly every demographic. However, the “trends” we see on TikTok are really just fads. While wildly popular for a solid moment in time, most new dances, image effects and challenges fade away, only to be replaced by new ones.

What food is trending on TikTok? ›

Best TikTok Food Trends
  • Corn Ribs.
  • Baked Feta Pasta.
  • Pasta Chips.
  • Baked Oats.
  • Cloud Bread.
  • Pesto Eggs.
  • Salmon Rice Bowl.
  • Spicy Vodka Pasta.
25 Aug 2022

Is TikTok still growing in 2022? ›

Not only is the number of people using TikTok increasing, but the amount of time users spend on the app is also increasing. According to App Annie, the amount of time users spend on the app has been increasing by around 210% each year, and this usage growth is expected to continue into 2022 and beyond.

What's after TikTok? ›

Its next-biggest competitor is Triller, which just crossed 50 million monthly active users worldwide in June – around half the number TikTok has in the United States alone.

What is happening on TikTok March 2022? ›

TikTok is updating its Community Guidelines on March 7th 2022. The announcement was made in February this year and states that the platform will be “strengthening our policies to promote safety, security, and well-being on TikTok”.

What does POV mean on TikTok? ›

Based in Melbourne, the professional model says POV or "point of view" videos are one of a few good ways to engage his audience on the app — mostly teenage girls (his followers are more than 90 per cent women, according to his TikTok dashboard). He just needs to add a caption, and maybe a trending pop track.

When did the as trend start? ›

As USA Today reported in 2013, Adult Swim launched an app at the time that allowed people to create their own bumps with the possibility of airing on television. "We've been creating bumps on our air for over a decade," Michael Cahill, vice president of on-air and social media for Adult Swim, told Insider.

Is Adult Swim for Kids? ›

Parents should know that adult swim is okay for 14 and up like High and up but watch out because because some could be, 16+ or 18+.

What Fyp stand for? ›

What does 'FYP' stand for? FYP is an acronym, standing for 'For Your Page' which refers to the page a person is shown that TikTok fills with videos you think you'll enjoy most from what you've watched and interacted most with in the past.

How do I change my age on TikTok? ›

To change your age on TikTok, you must contact the customer support team within the app or by email. It is not possible to manually change your age in the TikTok app. TikTok aims to prevent underage users from looking at explicit content or engaging with adult users.

What is TikTok good for? ›

TikTok also offers a unique user experience on its platform as opposed to other social media apps. This includes the ability to create short videos by shooting, adjusting clips, customizing audio, applying effects, and enhancing with filters all within the app.

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