TikTok, the short-form video app your local teens are obsessed with, can feel like an enigma to outsiders and/or people over age 24. With a somewhat insular culture that continuously recombines popular sounds and visual gags into new monstrosities, there’s a lot to keep up with just to feel like you’re truly "in" on the joke.
Luckily, TikTok isn’t actually all that hard to get into thanks to the power of recommendation algorithms; the app’s endless For You page initially seems like an overwhelming well of content, but all you have to do is scroll and like the videos that make you laugh, smile, or feel whatever emotion you want to replicate over and over. Eventually, TikTok will get a pretty good grasp on the kinds of videos that you’re all but guaranteed to like, but by that point, you’ll probably already be spending countless hours on the app.
If you’re not convinced, however, we’ve compiled a list of 15 TikTok videos to try and get you hooked on the app’s bonkers brand of humor. This is by no means a comprehensive or superlative list -- think of it more as a primer to the kind of hilarious content that TikTok has to offer.