What Does Watching Sunsets Mean On TikTok?
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What Does 'Watching Sunsets' Mean On TikTok?

Jasmyne Jeffery February 24, 2023

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Keeping up with internet lingo is hard when there’s so much out there. However, it can be important so that you don’t make a social faux pas or offend anyone. As the term ‘watching sunsets’ trends on TikTok, we can explain its emotional meaning so that you can respond in the right way.

Just because something is going viral or trending, doesn’t automatically make it a meme or something funny. Often, the internet is a great tool for spreading awareness and educating those who might be unaware of something. That’s the case for this phrase, where people are learning its emotional meaning.

The Watching Sunsets TikTok Meaning Explained

Unfortunately, the phrase refers to someone remembering someone who has passed away by taking their own life.

Though sad, the trend is raising awareness for the difficulties families face when a loved one chooses to leave them. In particular, the TikTok meaning often refers to new mothers who are struggling, but don’t want their children to grow up ‘watching sunsets.’

Sunsets, a beautiful occurrence, are said to remind people of the beautiful person that left them too soon and could be seen as a way of them reaching out from another plain.

Sometimes, TikTok videos have been made where people refer to their family ‘watching sunsets’ as a sign of their struggle. Though this is devastating, reaching out is the best thing you can do if you are having these thoughts.

This TikTok video explains the meaning for anyone wanting more clarity.

Grow Up And Watch The Sunset Explanation

To grow up and watch the sunsets has also been trending on TikTok. This variation on the phrase sadly refers to children that grew up without their parents but saw them when they watched sunsets.

Many have taken to the app to share their experience with others in the hopes of helping or finding comfort in themselves. It just goes to show that the internet can be a great source of support and brings people together.

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“I just realized I do that each sunset,” one commented, “without knowing it and even more since my Grandmother passed.”

Clearly for this user, finding the phrase and how common it is helped her situation.

Another said, “I see her in sunsets. I see in all of them.”

Whilst the ‘watching sunsets’ trend is heartbreaking, it means that we can reach out to one another and offer help and guidance.

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.