Wisdom and humor on TikTok

The content on TikTok is not just generated by teenagers or young adults. According to a study by the agency Clark influence, about 16% of content creators are over 30 years old on the social network. We met three of them.

In 2020, comedian Rachid Badouri felt old as he asked “What is TikTok? » in the middle of an interview at The week of the 4 Julies. Three years later, the comedian knows the ultra-popular platform better and he is followed by 2.5 million subscribers.

Badouri remembers with amusement his ignorance on the set of Julie Snyder. “When I asked the question, everyone turned to me and I felt the Earth stop for five seconds,” he laughs. Back home, Mehdi Bousaidan called me to tell me that I had really looked like a jerk and to suggest that I try TikTok. »

His first video quickly reached 200,000 views. Since then, he has obtained 2, 8, even 14 million views for his ideas, which often feature his family. “Views and comments dictate my content. If I shoot a video alone, I am regularly asked what my father thinks of it, which implies that people are eager to see him again. »

Despite its immense popularity, the content creator is not immune to the fickleness of the algorithm. “Recently, I was certain to hit a million views with a video, but I didn’t even make 100,000.”

He feels that the statistics obtained during the pandemic are difficult to achieve today.

Between my beginnings during COVID-19 and today, I see a very big difference. I often reached 8 million views. Now, for that to happen to me, I would have to fly!

Rachid Badouri

The new listening habits are however far from convincing him to stop his production. “What I do on TikTok is fiction: an area that charms me enormously. I love to create a scenario. I don’t have as much time to put into it as I did during the pandemic, but I still have fun. »

Fun to write the videos, to shoot them and even… to edit them. “For 10 years, I edit my videos myself. It hasn’t always been pretty. I still use iMovie on my computer. Several director friends laugh at me, but I love the editing. »

He also has no qualms about using TikTok to reach younger fans. “I am always surprised to see very young spectators in my rooms. Sometimes, some are in pajamas! It touches me to see that it speaks to them. »

The interest it arouses in children and adolescents comes with a desire to create especially for them. “One day I made a video about how younger I was a young fresh unbearable that was useless. I played myself young and I played a big brother. It really lifted. On the other hand, I can’t arrive by saying: “Yo young people, how are you?” I am 46 years old. I am almost a grandfather. I can not do that ! »

Rigorous advice to equip people

The tiktokeurs who are over 40 years old are no longer rare birds and their subscribers are not only young people from generation Z. The proof, the lawyer Sophie Mongeon and the psychologist Véro Ménard produce advice videos related to their fields of expertise and unite tens of thousands of people of all generations.

With its 65,000 subscribers, the account of Me Sophie, a lawyer is a source of legal information that allows its creator to speak directly to people. “I’ve always had a vision of marketing,” explains M.e Sophie Mongeon. The kind of law I do lends itself to that. I do exclusively civil law. »

She seeks to equip people before problems arise.


Me Sophie Mongeon: 64.5 K subscribers; 333.5K likes

In Quebec, we are lucky, because we have plenty of free public organizations, but people don’t know where to go. I’m tired of them only thinking about calling a lawyer. They have to be informed.

Me Sophie Mongeon

His first video, about spinning, quickly racked up views. “Even better, I saw that people subscribed to my account. It is an additional allegiance. Bit by bit, it got bigger. »

For a year, account DD Véro Psy offers psychological education on several subjects: borderline personality disorder, narcissism, autism, anxiety, depression, etc. “I try to be as accessible as possible, while observing the code of ethics and respecting the laws so as not to harm the public,” says Véro Ménard.


Me Sophie Mongeon: 38.3 K subscribers; 114.6K likes

In the collective unconscious, we often have the image of the cold and silent psychoanalyst. I want to show a human face.

DD Véro Ménard, psychologist

Also present on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, the psychologist is much more followed on TikTok, with 37,000 subscribers. “People seem to like my style, my color and my personality. Not just 15-21 year olds. The audience is very large. Subscribers love a clear, solid message delivered authentically. You can’t just churn out unscientific information. »

For everyone

Me Mongeon is also followed by subscribers of all ages: 34% of its subscribers are between 25 and 44 years old, while 22% are between 35 and 44 years old and 32% are 18-24 years old. “Young people are interested. Many people want to become lawyers and follow my Mondays live from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I sometimes end up with 11,000 likes. She thinks that’s a lot for French-language legal content. ” I do not dance. I do not sing. I’m sitting in my office talking quietly. »

The psychologist is also very proud to have content that reaches young people.

These are future generations of adults and parents. TikTok has millions of users. It is important that we address them with rigor.

DD Véro Ménard, psychologist

Publishing about 20 videos a month, she takes the time to write a text that scrolls through her teleprompter. “I make sure what I say is thoughtful. When I am in the public square as a psychologist, I have the obligation to be more scientific than in public opinion. »

Building on the rigor inherent in its 25 years of experience, Me Mongeon expresses himself with less preparation. “I don’t have a teleprompter. I do three or four takes per video. Even if I mess up my grammar or get cross-eyed for a second, when the rest of the video is good, I play it. I want to show young people that you don’t always have to be perfect. »

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