TechTikTok is dangerous for young men. You can lose your life and health

TikTok is dangerous for young men. You can lose your life and health

Using TikTok risks life (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Using TikTok risks life (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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6:28 AM EDT, September 30, 2023, updated: 9:08 AM EDT, October 5, 2023

TikTok has long been criticized for the way it presents content. The avalanche of short video clips can act like brainwashing. It turns out that for several years, young men who use TikTok may pay with their health and life.

According to a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a disturbing trend has emerged on TikTok. Content promoting risky use of steroids is gaining popularity there.

Promotion of dangerous substances on TikTok

The problem mainly concerns profiles, whose topics are aimed at young men (under 24 years of age) and deal with beauty and physical exercise. According to analysts, they mass duplicate recordings tagged with medication hashtags, which contain steroids and are not always legal.

This is extremely disturbing, as these contents have garnered over 580 million views over the past three years. The majority of the audience are boys and young men who have come across them while browsing materials promoting an unrealistic standard of masculinity.

"Effects of Steroid Promotion on TikTok"

The promotion is therefore aimed at recipients whose self-esteem has been effectively lowered before. In this way, they are convinced to use, among others, anabolic-androgenic steroids, peptides, and selective androgen receptor modulators.

Meanwhile, in April of this year, the FDA issued an official warning about the use of steroid-like drugs by teenagers. According to the Agency, this phenomenon has the symptoms of an epidemic, and the substances used have a huge number of side effects. Among them, the FDA lists psychosis, an increased risk of heart attacks, and infertility.

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