TikTok is, without a doubt, the most popular video-sharing social networking site on the planet. Boasting a young demographic, TikTok is home to some fun and often bizarre trends — trends that help to keep the platform thriving. From attractive TikTokers doing dance routines to “weirdos” cracking brilliant jokes — TikTok’s content swings uncontrollably between fun and cringe-worthy.
Thanks to its diverse fanbase, different fractions fight regularly to return TikTok to its “Glory Days.” The biggest battle, however, is between Straight and Elite TikTokers, and there’s no end in sight. For those unaware, Straights are the popular kids on TikTok, who have risen to fame through their attractive physical attributes. The Elites, on the other hand, are independent “comedians” who would rather be anonymous than sell their art to be popular.
Amid the raging conflict, another group has come to the fore. Calling themselves Deep TikTokers, the group is aiming to take the TikTokers by storm, change the platform for the better. Today, we’ll help you get acquainted with the self-proclaimed saviors of TikTok, telling you their distinguishable traits.
What does ‘Deep TikTok’ or ‘DeepTok’ mean?
Now that you are familiar with the two main philosophies of TikTok — neither is officially acknowledged, by the way — let’s dissect the new breed.
Calling themselves Deep TikTokers, these users are essentially a sub-division of Alt or Elite TikTokers. They have a very specific brand of humor, covering only a handful of topics — “Frog,” “Beanz,” “Elmo,” “Dolls,” Hannah Montana star “Jason Earles,” “DeepFried,” “Four in her,” “Department Stores,” and “Leshawna Ball.” Now, if you’re a casual TikToker, you probably won’t be comfortable in indulging in the topics we just mentioned, and we don’t blame you either. None of these topics make sense on the surface, but DeepTokers claim all of them have subtle messages.
How did Deep TikTok come into being?
From Departmental Stores interacting with one another as beings of flesh and blood to Deep-fried memes — memes that have their visual properties blown out of proportion, which ends up distorting the images — coming to life, DeepTok is an amalgamation of all the different categories.
Fandoms like Bean TikTok and Retail TikTok — where users pretend to be departmental stores and interact with one another — have their own separate fanbases, but they all fall under Deep TikTok or DeepTok.
The trend of Alt TikTok only started to gain traction in late April. By May, the fraction had formed and taken the battle to Straight TikTokers. Meanwhile, a smaller sub-section of Alt TikTokers went deeper than originally intended and kicked off the different categories we mentioned in the previous section.
What is the difference between Elite TikTok and Deep TikTok?
Deep TikTok, by nature, is a branch of Alternative or Elite TikTok. While Alt TikTok highlights the independent nature of diverse categories, DeepTok sticks with a handful of ultra-original, niche topics. If you consider Alt TikTok to be a classroom full of weirdos, DeepTokers would be the backbenchers, indulging in topics that don’t make sense to most.
What is the difference between Straight TikTok and Deep TikTok?
The two cliques — Straight TikTokers and Deep TikTokers — have contrasting ideologies. While Straights love the attention of millions and are happy to produce light, fun-filled content, DeepTokers engage in underground comedy and the most obscure trends. If you happen to a casual user, you’d easily have more fun in the “vanilla” world of Straight TikTokers. Deep TikTok, for the time being, should stay reserved for the hardcore.
Deep TikTokers generally use “#DeepTikTok” and “DeepTok” to promote their content. To check out some of their art, feel free to look for the hashtags.
What is the “#deep” trend?
This isn’t related to Deep TikTok, per se, but you could still find a few obscure clips here. This hashtag binds all videos that can be considered deep/meaningful, but the majority of the clips are plain funny.