The ‘Wild TikTok Screenshots’ Twitter Account Is Making People Lose Faith In Humanity, And Here Are 35 Of Their Craziest Posts
TikTok is a fascinating place. On one app, you can find recipes and cooking videos, people sharing funny anecdotes, beauty tutorials, political content, tips and tricks, dating advice, and some of the wildest videos you have ever come across in your life. I’m not sure when or how TikTok became such an unhinged platform, but it certainly has gone off the rails and we can’t get enough of it.
To highlight all of the most absurd things people are sharing on TikTok, the Wild TikTok Screenshots Twitter account was born. We’ve gone through the page to find some of the funniest and most unexplainable photos to share with you all down below, so be sure to upvote the pics that genuinely perplex you. If you’re an avid user of TikTok, let us know in the comments what the most unhinged thing you’ve ever seen on the app was, and then if you still haven’t seen enough of these bizarre screenshots, you can check out Bored Panda’s last piece on the same topic right here.
TikTok is an absolute monstrosity. It has taken the internet by storm, as the app that was initially launched in 2016 currently has over 1 billion active users. It has been downloaded 3 billion times and saw a huge surge in users since the onset of the pandemic. In fact, TikTok reported a 180% increase in users between the ages of 15-25 during the first few months of lockdown in 2020. It was the most downloaded app on the planet in 2021 and is on track to become the most popular social media app in the world.
TikTok has been commonly associated with Gen Z, as it was originally very popular among the younger generation. Teenagers posting dance videos and creating viral trends were among the most popular content on the app for a while. And while it still is dominated by teenagers and young adults, it has grown to include a wide variety of demographics. Anything can be found on TikTok today, including extremely unhinged and bizarre videos.
The Wild TikTok Screenshots Twitter account just started in February 2022, but it has already amassed nearly 150k followers. The page is famous for sharing hilarious screenshots of videos that may or may not have been intended to be funny, comments by snarky and clever viewers, and content that most of us would never imagine posting in our wildest dreams. But anyone who uses TikTok regularly is probably not surprised by these screenshots. If you’re an avid scroller through TikTok, you might be desensitized to the unhinged nature of the app, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy this list of hilarious screenshots.
It’s hard to pinpoint precisely what makes TikTok so chaotic, but I have a few theories. Perhaps it’s the anonymity, as while it is relatively easy to go viral, it is also easy to fly under the radar. There are over a billion users and likely billions of videos on the app, so it can be easy to feel like there are no risks when posting. Your video might not be seen by many people at all, and it probably won’t be seen by anyone you know.
TikTok also might have become so unhinged because of the large audience of young people on the app. Wisdom does not necessarily come with age, but it is a bit harder for a 14-year-old to grasp the idea that their videos will be out there forever than a 25-year-old who has spent hours deleting their Facebook statuses from middle school. It can also be hard to stand out in a sea of users. When millions of young people are trying to go viral, they might do whatever it takes to gain views. If that means posting the most ridiculous content possible, why not try it? Clearly, it’s working for many of them because they ended up here on this list!
Of course, most of the photos on this list include videos from users who are self-aware and intended to provoke audiences or make them laugh. But the best Wild TikTok Screenshot posts, in my opinion, are the ones where someone is not in on the joke or does not understand the situation. Unfortunately, there are sometimes kids on the app who are very young and might not be informed about current events or world affairs, but they can make for some hilarious comments.
One of the most unhinged areas of TikTok is the Live corner. Users can stream live content whenever they like, and it can be a treasure trove of chaos. Live streams on TikTok are so captivating that Alice May Stevenson, a writer for Check-Out magazine, actually did a deep dive into the world of these videos in an “Obsession Confessions” piece. She describes the rabbithole of live videos on TikTok as “a space-time vacuum where sensibility doesn’t exist and the gossip-obsessed tea screaming ‘drink me!’ has been freshly brewed”. Her obsession with this underground world began in lockdown earlier in the pandemic, and she said it was a refreshing break from the “forced toxicity of influencers spewing out skinny latte sponsorship deals” that Instagram and other sites are saturated with.
One thing that I too can appreciate about TikTok is that there are plenty of regular people on the app. Sure, if you look at the most followed accounts, the list is full of many influencers and celebrities. But if you are just scrolling through the app, you can easily come across hundreds or thousands of people you have never heard of who don’t have perfectly flawless skin and have never had Botox or plastic surgery. And as Alice writes in her piece on TikTok live, the comments sections are just as chaotic as the video content. “It’s often a trivial battleground between over-inflated egos and moderators. So much so that it acts as a tacky spin-off in itself; young people don’t need Coronation Street when they’ve got an army of bickering Karens for late night entertainment.”
TikTok Live also reflects the current climate, as it is extremely unpredictable. You never know what you will come across next, whether that be a paranormal ghost hunt or a woman ranting about her date from earlier in the evening while she unwinds and takes off her makeup. “Real life solidarity is what we all need right now, and livestreams are a coaxing portal into communal life,” Alice explains. “Akin to reality, not everything is perfect. Unlike regular videos that are reliant on filters and slick timed transitions, the unscripted, off-the-rails trajectory found in livestreams feels fresh.”
Unhinged content has become so successful on TikTok that even companies have tried their hand at creating it. One website in particular, the popular language-learning site Duolingo, has gone viral for their chaotic TikToks. It can be very challenging for companies to get on board with new technology and use social media without being cringey, but Duolingo has paved the way for many other businesses who want to connect to a wider and younger audience. On her blog, Sarah Kleist interviewed Duolingo’s TikTok manager to get the down low on how their viral videos came to be. “So, in September 2021, we actually were able to come back to the office after the pandemic,” Zaria Parvez explained. “And our TikTok account existed already but was just stranded there. So I was like, ‘Hey, I have some ideas. I love TikTok. I really think this is somewhere we should be.’ And my boss was super open to it. She’s like, ‘Just do whatever. Have fun. Here’s the mascot if you want'."
That owl mascot soon became a viral sensation. “From there, we just kept going at it,” Zaria explained. “It started off as just me, and now we’re trying to create this whole world with our lawyer, Legal Steve, and our office coordinator, Krista. Our main goal is just to bring a smile to people’s faces, since life is tough and annoying right now. Anything to just make it more fun and show that language learning can be fun.”
In terms of the creative freedom Zaria has been given with the Duolingo account, she told Sarah Kleist, “For comments, they’re fine with me being a little bit wild. I don’t really have to get approval for that… I’m not cussing or being explicit.”
But it can be challenging to explain certain chaotic concepts to her older colleagues. “99% of the time, they’re fine with whatever we post,” Zaria says. “I’ve been learning how to advocate for why a certain video makes sense. But it can be hard to figure that out, because there’s always different levels to a meme. And if you’re deep in internet culture, at least like I am, you’re like, I don’t even know where to begin with this.”
We hope you’re enjoying this chaotic and bizarre list of wild, out of context TikTok screenshots. They might not make any sense, but as long as a few of them bring a smile to your face, I’m happy. Keep upvoting the pics that make you wonder how in the world they came to be, and then if you’re interested in checking out even more of these unhinged photos, be sure to check out Wild TikTok Screenshots on Twitter right here.