Cost of Living

So what the heck is TikTok, anyway?

Why do teens love the app that's enticed around 800-million people around the world to use it? And should we be worried about its connection to China?

Why do teens love the app while older generations ask what it even is?

Millions of people have downloaded TikTok to make, share and watch short, mobile videos on their mobile devices. (AFP/Getty Images)

TikTok is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular social platforms. More than 800-million people around the world use the smartphone app regularly. But what exactly is it and why do teens love it?

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