If you don’t know what Tik Tok is, I feel you.
You should still be using WhatsApp to communicate with your friends, and scroll through Facebook newsfeed when you’re in the train. Chances are, you don’t know what “woke” or “salty” mean (it doesn’t mean waking up or a description of a certain taste).
Youngsters nowadays live a very different lives: it’s the gram world. Telegram is their main mode of communication, memes are their Under One Roof and Instagram is their 8 Days. Unlike us oldies who cannot stand another notification, these kids’ phone are beeping every few seconds, either from a Telegram chat or a Telegram group.
While many of them still go to YouTube, some of them have moved on to Tik Tok—a China-based app that allows anyone to create short-form videos.
A pregnant woman was so annoyed at a noisy baby that she threw a pot of burning mala at the baby. At the worst part of this? She wasn’t charged. Click on the image below to read about this shocking incident:
Think of it as Instagram Story (please don’t tell me you don’t know what that is), just easier to use and slightly longer.
Known as (抖音) in China, Tik Tok (the international version) has over 100 million downloads in the Google Play Store so far, and there’s a Tik Tok office right here in Singapore. We’ve once published an article about this platform and you can read it here (see lah, if you come to our app daily you won’t have missed it)
So why am I blabbering about Tik Tok?
Because unlike other news whereby kids would do silly things and post them on Instagram Stories, in which the video would be gone in 24 hours, these girls took it to a whole new level: they posted their stupid antics on Tik Tok instead.
In their uniform no less.
Secondary Schoolgirls Joined the Trend
One thing about Tik Tok is that people usually use a template voice-over or music for their audio.
Many of them like to dance with the music, and these girls did just that. No biggie.
Except for the fact that both of them are holding on to a cigarette…and smoking it.
To add oil to the fire, they even made sure that the lighter is in the frame.
Here’s the video that’ll make you lose hope in youngsters:
Of course, you’d be wondering: which school are they from?
Well, if you Google Orchid Park Secondary School uniform, you’ll get this result:
Of course we can’t be 100% sure if these girls are from Orchid Park Secondary School, but one thing’s for sure: Orchid Park Secondary School is in Yishun.
This piece of news is relevant because Singapore has just increased the minimum smoking age to 19.
Minimum Smoking Age to be 21 by 2021
But 19 isn’t the magic number: the authorities’ final goal is to increase it to 21, but it would be done by stages, with the first stage to start from 1 January this year at 19 years old.
The reason for the amended law is to “further reduce opportunities for youths to take up smoking before they turn 21” and to “better protect our population from the harms of emerging and imitation tobacco products.”
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