The TikTok app accidentally determined that a 23-year old user has ADHD, and nobody else figured it out before the app has.
Tiktok is an app where users share and create short clips, ranging from 15 to 60 seconds time limit.
Videos on the social media platform range from various topics, from singing, dancing, DIYs -- you name it, and TikTok has it.
At first, people did not think much of TikTok, but more and more users started enjoying the app, and the rest of the world experienced a vast FoMo -- fear of missing out. As a result, TikTok garnered over 689 million active users by the first quarter of 2021.
How Does TikTok Algorithm Work?
The TikTok algorithm creates a unique personalized form of feed wherein the app slowly determines the type of videos that its users are interested in, based on the short clips that they double-tap or like.
The app encourages users to spend more time scrolling because they are interested in every video that TikTok presents to them, making it easier to find creators and content that each user loves.
TikTok released a statement, and they mentioned that TikTok's For You feed is unique for each user. There is no two identical For You pages because every user has a unique taste and preference.
A 23-year old TikTok user, Matilda Boseley, is an avid user of the app, which means that its algorithm has already figured out what she likes and prefers to watch.
She mentioned that for 23 years, everyone around her, including herself, missed all of the ADHD warning signs that she has been manifesting. But somehow, in only a matter of days, the TikTok algorithm could figure out her mental condition.
Matilda said that she grew up feeling left behind, as everyone around her was coping with their lives better than she did. She felt terrible when other people remember their deadlines, appointments, and plans, unlike her, who drifts off daydreaming right in the middle of meaningful conversations.
She added that she genuinely considered having ADHD as soon as she downloaded the app. She mentioned that TikTok knows her well -- almost more than she knows herself.
Tiktok: Determining ADHD
TikTok is an intelligent application, and to determine their users' preferences, they introduce various types of videos during the first few days of use. Boseley stated that whenever videos related to diagnosing ADHD in women appeared on her FYP, she would watch them all the way and end up liking them.
Because of this, TikTok slowly added more and more videos about ADHD to her FYP.
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Little by little, she started seeing ADHD videos made by women for the very first time. Boseley felt as if she could finally relate to someone because the videos talked about everything that she has ever felt -- that, for some reason, she could not put into words.
She finally booked an appointment with a doctor. Three referrals, four months, and almost $700 later, her new psychiatrist finally broke the news: she has ADHD and has had it for her entire life.
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Written by Fran Sanders