🌴Hello, my future Miamians!🌴 Today, we’re diving into the digital waves of TikTok. While I usually blog about Miami’s real estate, today I’m switching gears to discuss something that’s been making headlines and worries me: autism misinformation.
A recent study reported by PsyPost highlighted a concerning trend on TikTok. Videos tagged with “#Autism” have been racking up billions of views. Sounds great, right? Well, here’s the kicker: 73% of these videos contain inaccurate or overgeneralized information about autism. That’s right, billions of views are spreading misinformation.
Why This Matters in Miami
In our vibrant city, where cultures blend, and stories intertwine, it’s essential to have accurate information. Especially when it comes to understanding and supporting our autistic community, misinformation can lead to misconceptions, further perpetuating stereotypes and stigmas.
Spotlight on the Study
Researchers delved deep into TikTok, analyzing videos with the “#Autism” hashtag. They found that while many videos shared personal experiences (which are valuable in their own right), a significant number made broad claims about autism that were untrue—even worse, these videos with false information garnered as many likes and views as the accurate ones.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. The study also highlighted the potential of TikTok as a platform for sharing personal experiences and reducing stigma. It’s a powerful tool, but like all tools, it’s essential to use it responsibly.
What Can We Do?
Awareness is the 1st-step. By understanding that not everything we see on social media is accurate, we can approach content with a critical eye. Let’s champion those creators who share accurate, insightful information and personal stories that shed light on the diverse experiences of autistic individuals.
And hey, if you ever come across a TikTok video or any content you’re unsure about, reach out! As an autism dad, I’m always here to chat, share insights, and navigate this journey together.
Stay sunny, Miami! ☀️🌊
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