TikTok is the perfect medium for the splintered attention spans of lockdown | Sophie Haigney

When boredom sets in, 15 seconds of a koala sleeping followed by 15 seconds of a teenager dancing with his nan fills the void

Someone, somewhere, makes a sandwich, gracefully pressing her fork into the edges of crustless white bread. Someone else jumps in the air and somehow manages to remove his hoodie with his foot, landing on his feet and looking shocked. A golden retriever appears to be dancing on their hind legs. A son opens a box that his deceased father left him for his 18th birthday. Families assemble in formation and do dances made famous by other people on the internet. Ant and Dec throw progressively larger things at each others’ heads underneath the caption: “Day 37 of lockdown”.

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