TikTok’s teenage filter has us confronting our own mortality


Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane? A recent AR filter on TikTok has sparked a wave of nostalgia and emotion among users, as they are given the opportunity to look at their younger selves. In this blog post, we’ll explore the reactions to this filter, the potential security risks of using it, and why it’s important to remember that life is fleeting.

From Tears to Jokes: The Reactions to the Filter
The filter has caused a range of reactions, from tears to laughter. For some users, the filter sparked a sense of grief over the regrets they have about not enjoying life when they were younger, or the hard decisions they’ve had to make as an adult. Others have filmed TikToks making fun of dramatic reactions to seeing a “younger self.” Still, some people joked about how being a teenager doesn’t mean you have flawless skin — it probably means you can’t keep your acne under control.

We know that social media can make us feel bad about our appearance, but this filter drives us to compare ourselves to who we were in the past. It’s a warped sense of reality — you probably didn’t look like a baby cherub as a teenager, and you might have wrinkles now… but you’re probably a lot more well-adjusted with a lot less chemistry homework.

The Return of AI-Generated Avatars
Though these TikToks are sentimental, this is far from the first time that an AR filter or app has gone viral to show us what we looked like in our youth, or how we might look when we’re old. Just months ago, fantastical AI-generated avatars were all the rage, though that trend has died down considerably. And every so often, a filter that makes you look like an animated Disney character will predictably go viral on Snapchat or TikTok.

Security Concerns
These AR filters are more prone to going viral, though, since there’s a smaller barrier to entry — you don’t have to download a new app, which is reassuring given the shady history of many viral photo editing apps. Some photo apps have been found to be vectors for malware, while in other cases, users have worried about what happens to the photos they upload into these apps. These concerns came up around Russia-based AI editor FaceApp, which later had to clarify that it might store updated photos in the cloud for “performance and traffic reasons,” but that most images are deleted within 48 hours.

Some users may have security concerns about TikTok regardless — but TikTok claims that it is not collecting or storing our biometric data when we use these AR filters.

Remember: Life is Fleeting
In any case, as you idly scroll through TikTok, just remember: We are all going to die one day!

This AR filter has caused a range of emotions, from tears to laughter, and it’s important to remember that life is fleeting. It’s also important to remember the potential security risks of using these filters, and to be aware of the shady history of many viral photo editing apps.

So, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of life, and to remember that life is short — and that it’s important to make the most of it!

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