Mental Health, Social Media

TikTok may be spreading Tourettes-like tics among Gen Z, says new report

Recent research has revealed a ‘parallel pandemic' of unexplained tics in young people.

10/18/2021 4:13:00 PM

Recent research has revealed a ‘parallel pandemic' of unexplained tics in young people.

Recent research has revealed a ‘parallel pandemic' of unexplained tics in young people.

addiction. As the report states: “Rapid onset of FTLBs occurred in all participants during the pandemic period (after 1 March 2020), and all endorsed exposure to influencers on social media (mainly TikTok) with tics or Tourette’s Syndrome.”Later in the report, this connection was explored further: “In some cases, the patients specifically identified an association between these media exposures and the onset of symptoms… This exposure to tics or tic-like behaviours is a plausible trigger for the behaviors observed in at least some of these patients, based on a disease modeling mechanism.”

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Out of the 20 patients with FTLBs, eight had “complex vocalizations consisting of the repetition of random words or phrases (eg. knock knock, woo hoo, beans); 11 of 20 engaged in the repetition of curse words, or obscene, offensive, or derogatory statements; 13 of 20 had complex arm/hand movements (clapping, pointing, sign language, or throwing objects); and 14 of 20 had complex behaviors in which they would hit or bang part of their body, other people (typically parents), or objects.”

“External factors like watching popular social media personalities' videos portraying tics or tic-like behaviors may have instilled a belief that ‘tics’ may catalyze peer acceptance or even popularity.” With the hashtag#ticdisorderat over 400 million views on TikTok, this insight might cause some worry. But as the report notes, “this specific social media exposure to tic-related videos was not reported in every patient treated at all the other centers, suggesting that it cannot be considered a prerequisite or necessary causative factor.”  headtopics.com

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