TikTok users have found a way to make money, quite literally, while they sleep. Some of the social media users have begun live-streaming themselves through the night while others tune in to watch them sleep.
Speaking to the Economic Times, 18-year-old Brian Hector explained how thousands of his followers tuned in to watch him catch 40 winks and some even offered donations. TikTok lets users send ‘gifts’ to their favourite creators.
In order to do so, they need to buy in-app coins with real currency and then purchase these gifts. They can send the gifts (or just the coins) to live-streamers who in turn convert them into ‘diamonds’ which can then be exchanged for real cash through PayPal. In Hector’s case, he got coins for just being asleep.
‘I woke up the next morning and ended the live and went over to my mom and was like, ‘Mom, I literally just made money falling asleep,’’ he told the Times.
Admittedly, you need to amass quite a following before anyone will pay to watch you snooze. Hector boasts over 348,000 followers on the app and says that on his first sleep-stream he only managed to amass about $10 worth of coins.
Usually, TikTokers will make a video advertising the fact they’re going to do a sleep-stream later that night to make sure people are aware it’s happening. From there, they just prop their phone on their bedside table, hit the record button and turn in for the night. ‘I’ve seen so many people start doing it,’ Hector said.
‘The first time I saw it I thought it was honestly the weirdest thing but also the coolest thing.’ TikTok has become increasingly popular among young people over the last 18 months and is based around users sharing short videos. It was one of the most downloaded apps of 2019.