The 12 best and worst TikTok trends that make us happy that 2022 is almost over

Yes, 2022 has been another year of TikTokers risking their lives for a like, laugh or follow – often with disastrous results.

The Chinese video-sharing platform continues to crank out more ri-tik-ul content, from cooking chicken with NyQuil to persuading would-be criminals to hot-wire a car.

Clips can also come in handy at times, like those that encouraged people to know their worth and quit their toxic jobs; laugh a little while slapping friends with flatbread; and leave those dark nights of drinking behind.

Even though it features the downfall of humanity, TikTok only gained popularity this year. The app was expected to reach 94 million US users in 2022, up from 86.9 million in 2021.

Get ready to see the many dodgy, laughable, and obnoxious TikToks of 2022 from our POV.

Best TikTok of 2022

Tortilla challenge

The viral challenge had friends and family slapping each other with the circular flatbreads.
TikTok / @lovesoreal

You don’t need to be Will Smith to participate in this successful challenge. Social media users stand in a circle with water in their cheeks as they slap each other with a tortilla. The first to spit the water loses.

Whoever keeps their water the longest is crowned the winner of the “Tortilla Challenge”.

Trending nerdy has compelled TikTok to add a disclaimer on these videos that reads, “Participating in this activity could harm you or others.”

#ActYourWage Challenge

Jareen Imam
Jareen Imam, a New York-based content creator, believes companies should pay more if they want employees to work beyond their duties.
TikTok/ @Jareen Imam

TikTokers no longer work above their pay grade with the #ActYourWage challenge.

The incentive movement aims to persuade young workers to do only what they are paid to do – and no more – and to inspire their colleagues to do the same.

Fans of the #ActYourWage hashtag, which has generated more than 178 million views on TikTok, see it as a way to set firm and healthy boundaries in the workplace, but some experts warn that this new attitude in the workplace could harm to long-term employees.

Not Jareen Imam, a New York-based content creator.

In a viral TikTok skit with 21,900 views, Imam fakes a conversation with a boss who says ‘it’s great exposure’ for a junior employee to consistently stay late to work on a big project, even though she only earns 40 $000.

Imam closes this line with this response: “Visibility doesn’t pay the bills. If you want people to work hard, you just have to pay them better.

Wet Lifestyle Challenge

TikToker @hana.elson
TikToker Hana Elson thinks ‘wet living’ is the way to go.

Making payout decisions is a thing of the past for some TikTokers, who have rallied other social media users to give the “wet lifestyle” a shot this year.

If you only have a few drinks a week or sip a bev on special occasions, instead of throwing them away, you’re already consuming the wet lifestyle, psychotherapist Teralyn Sell tells Bustle.

TikToker Hana Elson thinks there’s a difference between “drinking for fun and drinking to get drunk”. She said she starts her night with an “action plan” to “drink with tomorrow’s mindset” to prevent a hangover.

“It’s literally like you learning exactly what you can handle,” Elson advised.

Ear seed challenge

Jennifer Larkin
Ear seeds are a form of auriculotherapy, which uses acupressure points in the ear to stimulate other parts of the body.
TikTok / @jenniferlarkin_

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“Ear seeds” – a practice of traditional Chinese medicine – crossed the stream of more than 90 million viewers yearning to get rid of ailments and diseases this year. Aspiring enthusiasts have spoken about the treatment, saying it has improved their lives.

“I love them so much and have worn them all week for headaches and digestion,” said avid user Jennifer Larkin.

Ear seeds look like gemstone studs in the front, with a small seed in the back that comes into contact with the pressure point of the ear. It is described by health experts as acupuncture for the ear.

red nail challenge

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Melisse Martineau, a TikToker who shared her red nail experience, says “the red nail theory is real.”
TikTok / melissevmartineau

You can’t beat red – at least according to young women who have embraced the viral “red nail theory” of painting their nails scarlet to attract a mate.

“I have never been asked out on so many dates or complimented so much as I have in the past two or three weeks with these nails,” TikToker Melisse Martineau said in a video, showing off her red manicure to the camera.

The hashtag #rednailtheory garnered over 140 million views while #rednailtheoryisreal garnered 2.5 million views on TikTok.

Butter Platter Challenge

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Planks are best with sea salt, crispy prosciutto, crispy shallots and chili-infused olive oil.

And now for the crème de la crème of 2022 TikTok trends – “the butter board”.

In this legendary dairy derivative of the popular charcuterie board, butter is spread on a wooden board and topped with sauces, spices, fruit and bread pieces.

#Butterboard spread across TikTok this year, garnering over 421 million views – even as several users had a cow on hygiene and health risks.

“Wooden board = bacteria. Add to that the double-dipping guests and you have one hell of a germ party,” one person warned.

“Nasty..everyone double dip. No thank you!” scolds another detractor.

The worst TikTok of 2022

Jeffrey Dahmer Challenge

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The Jeffrey Dahmer trend involves crime scene photos of his brutal crimes.
TikTok / doctor.vile

One of the most disturbing trends in 2022 has to be the “Jeffrey Dahmer Challenge”, where social media users recorded their reactions to sickening crime scene photos of the Dahmer murders.

TikTok deleted many calamitous clips, but an enterprising social media user found a way around the restriction and reposted the images.

The challenge began when Netflix released a drama series about the serial killer in September.

According to TikTok, the search term “Polaroids victims of Jeffrey Dahmer” gained 1.7 billion views – much to the chagrin of critics.

“What’s wrong with people? I actually have a stomach ache right now,” one TikToker complained.

“He ate people’s entrails and kept their bleached bones in his apartment. What did you think Polaroids would be like? another remarked.

Kia Challenge

In October, four teenagers were killed in a car accident in Buffalo when they allegedly attempted this TikTok challenge.
Smart Alissa

For the sake of Kia owners, let’s hope TikTokers avoid the “Kia Challenge” in 2023.

As part of this despicable race, the teenagers try to start a car without keys – Kias being an easy target.

Frustrated victims are tired of thieves breaking into their cars, hot-plugging them and posting about completing the challenge.

“This trend absolutely disgusts me. It really boggles my mind that people think it’s okay to post crime, let alone participate in it after seeing it online,” victim Alissa Smart lamented.

NyQuil Challenge

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TikTokers dipped their chicken in NyQuil to see what the medicine-flavored meat would taste like.
TikTok / dr_t.z._pod

Instead of opening a cookbook, some TikTokers opened their medicine cabinets to add NyQuil to their chicken dinners.

Several people have reported falling ill after swallowing the drug-dressed chicken.

The Food and Drug Administration even issued a warning about the “NyQuil Chicken Challenge,” but some social media users decided to do it anyway.

Menstrual Blood Mask Challenge

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Dermatologists don’t approve of menstrual blood masks.
TikTok / Dr. Joyce Dermatologist

Forget painting your nails red. Some social media users smear menstrual blood on their face.

This very off-putting TikTok challenge has crossed the streams of 6.4 billion people this year.

“Please, please don’t use your menstrual blood as a face mask,” pleaded Dr. Joyce Park, who stitched a TikTok video of a woman adopting the DIY skincare hack . “It’s impossible for you to draw this blood sterile, so there’s probably bacteria, sweat and other things that are in this blood.”

Despite the negative warnings, the hashtags #periodfacemask and #menstruationmasking have attracted women willing to try anything positively to maintain a youthful appearance.

Orbeez Challenge

There have been several reports of people being injured during the “Orbeez Challenge”.
Volusia Sheriff’s Office

Leave it to the teens to find a way to turn a playful product into something perilous.

In the #OrbeezChallenge, players use a gel bead gun or airsoft gun to fire Orbeez water beads at friends or bystanders.

Although Orbeez are soft, they can cause wounds and even break skin when fired from a gun.

“Take them off the market!!!! Some people will fight back!!!!!” a TikToker cried.

To increase the impact of the blow, some teenagers have been caught freezing the water gel beads.

Authorities in some states have warned they will pursue criminal charges against anyone caught shooting gel balls. Indeed, several teenagers have already been arrested and charged in connection with the “Orbeez Challenge” shootings.

Aquarium Challenge

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Makeup artist Luba Cohen shows off her blue tongue for a sponsored brand of vitamins and supplements.
Instagram / Luba Cohen

Fitness TikTokers have been sticking their blue tongues out throughout 2022 to convince people to ingest methylene blue.

As blue seeped into social media feeds, doctors spoke out about the dangers of consuming the antifungal dye used to clean fish tanks.

Methylene blue is prescribed by doctors to treat methemoglobinemia, a condition in which an insufficient amount of oxygen is delivered to cells.

While it’s probably not harmful to take methylene blue in therapeutic doses, medical specialists dispute influencers’ insistence that it can boost cognitive abilities, improve metabolism, and fight aging.

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