Sam Wineburg is a professor of education at Stanford University and founder of the Stanford History Education Group. Along with Nadav Ziv, a research associate, Wineburg penned a telling essay for the Los Angeles Times where he outlined what happens when TikTok is your main source of news and information.
Newsflash: It has become this for many people.
TikTok, along with Instagram, “is where Gen Z searches for information and entertainment.” According to recently released internal data from Google, nearly 40% of Gen Zers prefer using TikTok and Instagram as their search engines.
In an article for Adweek, Wanda Pogue wrote of asking her Gen Z daughter and her friends about their behavior on TikTok, and they agreed with this idea. “It’s the platform they go to now when searching for anything, from the highest-rated beauty products and clothing trends to the best restaurants in the area or recipes to try.” She adds: “Gen Z prioritizes engaging with…