If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, you’ve probably seen a few examples of the maelstrom of topics people keep making videos about.
It’s pretty simple: someone makes a video about something that quickly goes viral and everyone does the same. One of the most current trends is realizing how much men think about the Roman Empire on a daily basis.
What is the new ‘Monk Mode’ trend all about?
Sometimes one tendency leads to another, as when women ask what their counterpart is to thinking about the Roman Empire. Among the many trends on TikTok is something known as ‘monk mode’, which has racked up tens of millions of views on the platform and is driving users away from social media. So what’s the problem with this habit?
In short, it is eliminating all distractions from your life so that you can dedicate yourself to a certain job, with the aim of significantly increasing your productivity.
That means getting rid of anything that might lead you to procrastinate, and one of the main goals of the “monk mode” trend is to be on social media.
Consider how much time you spend on social media and how many times you’ve spent scrolling through post after post of things you don’t particularly care about only to realize that an hour has passed.
If you’ve ever put down your phone and thought how much more you could have accomplished in a day if you’d avoided social media, ‘monk mode’ advocates are definitely looking for you.
How does it work?
Don’t worry; No one expects you to start wearing a robe or go bald to get rid of distractions. Other lifestyle adjustments that ‘monk mode’ advocates claim to make include changing their diets, giving up sex, and limiting the number of times they go out.
Of course, since this is TikTok, a quick search for #monkmode on the site will yield videos with nearly 70 million views between them, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of content creators vying for your attention.
Many of them are trying to sell ‘monk mode’ as part of the routine of generating large sums of money by concentrating solely on one activity and ignoring everything else.
However, as a commenter on one of the many “monk mode” films circulating on TikTok noted, “mindless consumption of social media helped me watch this video.”
Other TikTok video creators have also argued against the virtues of the trend, claiming that the long periods of solitude the trend demands were draining them. Some people who have joined this trend have tried it for months and, although some say it has revolutionized their lives, others are not so sure.
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