TikTok, Tomatoes, and Teenagers: Using New Social Media Apps to Connect Extension Education with Younger Audiences
Social media usage has precipitated changes in Cooperative Extension’s delivery of programs to amplify involvement with selected audiences and it is important that we craft relevant content for a variety of audiences. Current research tells us that social media and related content can enrich education and can create broader audiences for programming. Resources like blogs, podcasts, and geofilters have shown to be received positively by a wide range of audiences and have created greater rates of engagement.
Yet, one platform that has received limited attention is TikTok, perhaps due to TikTok’s mixed reviews in educational systems. With current trends showing that 48% of 18-29 year olds are using the app, we believe that TikTok has great potential for connecting audiences with research-based information and engaging previously unreached communities.
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Simpson, C. K., & Donaldson, J. L. (2022). TikTok, Tomatoes, and Teenagers: Using New Social Media Apps to Connect Extension Education with Younger Audiences. The Journal of Extension, 60(3), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.03.09