Norwalk Teen and TikTok Star Shows the Dark Side of Social Media
Charli D'Amelio is a 16-year-old Norwalk native who was the first person to accumulate 100 million TikTok followers, as reported by Hearst Connecticut Media, but then, something went wrong. While filming one of Charli's YouTube videos while having a family dinner, her sister Dixie eats something that makes her sick as she runs from the table to vomit. At the end of the video, Charli says, "Do we have any dino nuggets?" Check it out,
Again, let me remind you that Charli has 100,000,000 TikTok followers. Because of that one comment, Charli lost 1 million followers on the app and began receiving intimidating and occasionally threatening messages, making this TikTok star very unhappy. This is what she said in an Instagram video,
Seeing how people reacted to this - I don't even know if I want to do this anymore. This is messed up stuff that people are saying, like people telling me to hang myself.
Charli just published her first book, "Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping it Real." The book is about what goes on behind the scenes for a mega-internet star named Charli D'Amelio. She talks about the challenges and how she dealt with constant cyberbullying.
This is an extreme example of the duress and intimidation that teens face due to social media. Amber W. Childs, acting chief of psychology for Yale-New Haven Hospital, told Hearst Connecticut Media,
Social media has created this sort of template for an identity among teens. This online template of an identity persists when you're awake and when you're asleep and you have to maintain it during all times.
Teen mental health continues to be a growing problem. It's been reported that almost 14 percent of young people between 12 and 17 have had one depressive episode in the past year.
When people don't "like" a teen's photo on social media or the posted photo is met with nasty messages, it can send some teens into a deep, dark depression. According to the International Business Times, Charli D'Amelio's net worth as an 'Influencer' sits at around $8 million.
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