What does POV mean on TikTok?

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POV videos are hugely popular on TikTok, and if you’ve spent any amount of time on the platform, you’ve probably at some point come across the term — here’s everything to know about what POV means, and when to use it.

TikTok is possibly the most popular social media platform out there right now, with an active user base of millions of users who are constantly interacting with each other, and the huge amount of content on the site.

As with any social media app, TikTok has developed its own set of unique vocabulary over the years, ranging from time-saving acronyms to words that have taken on entirely new meanings thanks to the app.

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If you’ve scrolled through your For You Page for any length of time, you have probably at some point encountered the term ‘POV,’ whether that’s in the caption of an original video, or in the comments. But, what does it actually mean?

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TikTok is a hub of viral content.

What does POV mean on TikTok?

POV is an acronym that stands for ‘Point Of View,’ and is used to signify that the scenario portrayed in the video is from a particular person’s perspective.

People often use the term to show off their acting skills, so the term POV will usually precede a scenario like, “POV: A Karen sees you with your new phone.”

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However, POV isn’t used strictly for acting challenges. Some people just like to use the term to set up a certain scenario for their video, and it can often be used ironically.

POV is a staple term used widely across TikTok, and videos featuring the acronym have garnered millions of likes and views.

If POV isn’t the only TikTok slang term that’s confusing you, you can check out our guide here to learn more about the most popular phrases on the app.

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