In the TikTok ’15 minute’ challenge, users share the results of an online depression test.


TikTok users share the results of an online stress test as part of a new social media challenge on the popular mobile app

To the song “Train Wreck” by the English pop singer James Arthur, users upload a picture with personalized results from the online service “15minutes4me”, which is supposed to provide insights into the extent of stress, depression and anxiety states based on a free survey.

Google analyses indicate that the trend in the TikTok community in the USA has clearly gained in popularity in the past week.

Related hashtags in the app were accessed over a million times at the time of writing this article. The 15minutes4me hashtag has received more than 670,000 hits, while the related term 15minutes has moved closer to 40,000 hits.

By and large, users shared the results alongside captions emphasizing the importance of maintaining mental health and supporting friends or family members.

“Always control people, you never know who needs them most. You never know what people are going through,” read a TikTok posting, a commentary that was requested more than 900 times. “Always look out for your closest friends, you never know what they are going through,” wrote another TikTok user who was popular 420 times at the time of writing.

The 15minutes4me survey, which is available online, is based on a self-assessment questionnaire designed to provide a snapshot of a person’s current mental health status, and ultimately offers participants access to a paid self-help program that could help them deal with issues such as self-confidence, panic attacks and anxiety.

According to their website, the program was developed by a company called Coachteam, founded by Paul Koeck, MD, who is described as a doctor, researcher and author. The website claims that the test was conducted by doctors and is based on “scientific studies”.

Viral challenges are central to the TikTok experience. These typically include users exchanging an image or video of themselves along with a message set to music. According to statistics, the extremely popular application has about 100 million active US users per month.

This year, the app faced strong political pressure from the Trump administration because it was owned by Chinese companies. Officials claimed – often without presenting conclusive evidence – that the involvement of the Beijing company ByteDance represented a national security risk.

Despite repeated threats of a ban in the USA, the Trump government remains active for the time being. Last Friday, a Pennsylvania judge blocked a Department of Commerce order that would have restricted its use as of November 12, Reuters reported.


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