The growing popularity of TikTok has led to an increase in people filming videos in public spaces. While many TikTok creators are respectful and mindful of their surroundings, there are instances when the behavior of individuals filming TikTok videos in public can be considered annoying.
One common annoyance is when TikTokers obstruct pathways or busy areas—like mall escalators or street pedestrians—while filming. This can cause inconvenience to others trying to navigate through the area. It is important for TikTokers to be mindful of their surroundings and choose filming locations that minimize disruption to others.
In light of this, leading mobile service provider Smart has listed essential etiquette for filming TikTok videos in public:
1. Respect the personal space and privacy of others
When filming TikTok videos in public, remember that you are sharing the space with others. Strike a balance between creating engaging content and respecting the boundaries of those around you. Avoid excessive noise and always seek consent from people you include in your videos.
2. Respect property and follow rules
Public spaces, especially privately owned ones like malls or restaurants, have rules in place for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these rules, which are usually posted near the entrance or on the website. If you’re unsure about something, ask security or staff for clarification.
If someone working in a public space asks you to stop doing something, be respectful and comply with their request. This not only keeps you out of trouble but also sets a positive example for other TikTokers.
3. Be mindful of your surroundings and safety
While creating captivating TikTok videos is exciting, never compromise personal safety or the safety of others. Stay aware of potential obstacles or hazards that could put you or those around you in danger. For example:
• When filming near roads, maintain a safe distance from traffic.
• In crowded areas, be considerate of people’s movements and avoid blocking pathways.
• Respect restricted access signs and warnings in certain areas.
Always be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially in busy or unfamiliar environments. Remember, the pursuit of a viral video should never come at the expense of your well-being or that of others.
4. Be respectful of the environment
When filming in public spaces, be mindful of the environment and preserve it for future generations. Properly dispose of litter and follow the “leave it as you found it” principle when using nature as a backdrop.
An example in China showed the importance of responsible behavior when tourists damaged Cherry Blossom trees for photos. Cherish and respect the environment when filming.
On TikTok, uphold social etiquette when filming in public spaces. Set a high standard of responsible behavior for an enjoyable content creation experience.