Kids at my school constantly ask other kids, “What is your musical.ly user name?” The free lip-syncing/video making app is a lot of people’s favorite at my middle school. During lunch break, you can see people shaking their phone around in front of them — that’s how you “make a musical.ly.” And it’s not just at school. Now when kids have play dates, they don’t play with Polly Pockets like I did. Instead, they take selfies or make “singing” videos to a new Justin Bieber song or Drake, waiting for someone to comment on it or like it. Friend groups at our school show off their friendship by making selfie videos.
Why is it so popular? I think it’s because the app plays a trick on you. That trick says that lip syncing on a free app will make you cool. And it has — for some people. Young kids (around 12-15) are making these musical.lys and getting big, and by big, I mean famous. There are kids like Jacob Sartorious, a 13-year-old who has 6 million fans on the app. (Don’t have that many followers? It turns out you can even buy them!)
As a young kid I thought, “Hey that sounds cool!” but less than a month later I looked back to my phone with the app opened and saw that it was useless. I didn’t want to waste my time making, or watching other people’s, lip syncing videos. I immediately put my own songs on and started singing and dancing without video taping it, which is at least one hundred times better than lip syncing to a video and putting it out there for the world to see, or judge. My friends and I act silly and dance together all the time with no camera because we don’t feel the need to impress others or have anyone see it.
All in all, this app is unnecessary and is changing our generation of youth.
Jessica, 12 years old.