TikTok Famous Doc ‘Addicted’ to App, Family Staged Intervention

Bryan Boxer Wachler, a prominent vision doctor and TikTok influencer, said the platform took over his life and caused a disruption in his family life — and required official intervention.

In his new book, Influencer: The Impact of Social Media on Our Perceptionswhich was published in late October by Penguin Random House (excerpted in insiderWachler said what started as a suggestion by her children turned into something that destroyed her life.

“The dopamine craving for more followers drives me to step on the gas pedal like a race car driver,” the article reads. “My girls had innocently created a TikTok Frankenstein.”

Wachler is actually a popular influencer with 3.4 million followers on TikTok and a professional eye surgeon who practices in Beverly Hills, California. He posts videos on a wide range of topics, from the so-called Navy Seal sleep hack to menstrual cramps and eye problems.

@brianboxerwachlermd A keratoconus is a herniated eye #keratoconus ♬ Original Voice – Dr. Brian Boxerwachler, MD

According to a 2021 press release, he had become “the go-to person to tell what’s fake and what’s real” on the platform.


According to this excerpt, Wachler’s TikTok addiction began innocently enough. His twin daughters said it would be fun if he took the stage after the pandemic shut down his clinic. Wachter said he wanted to prove he was a “cool dad.”

So he created an account and then applied himself with mathematical precision, determining the ideal ratio of likes, views, and shares on each video until he finally created a “follower efficiency ratio,” which includes the number of followers for a given clip. Been. Him.

He began spending two to three hours a day making videos, going to the platform’s live feature and answering questions and responding to user comments — and ignoring his family.

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“Being an influencer has the potential to be addictive and destructive. My story is a cautionary tale,” Wachler wrote in an excerpt.

“So what if my kids were upset that TikTok was taking up all my thoughts and I was ignoring them – I had bigger fish to fry,” she wrote.

Eventually, Wachler’s family intervened, which Wachler ignored, he wrote, until he hit a viral snag with his video visits (and thus was trying to get the same dopamine).

Wachter wrote that his story follows the path of an addict. He still posts on the platform and says he approaches it from a completely different perspective, one that is grounded and healthy.

@brianboxerwachlermd #duet with @mdmotivator It’s important to stay consistent on social media and keep a healthy perspective. Sometimes ppl can be affected in unhealthy ways and have challenges such as neglecting relationships with family and friends, school, work, etc. The book also offers tips for those who want to be influential on how to do so in a healthy and responsible way #socialmedia ♬ Original Voice – Zachery Dereniowski

TikTok, more colloquially, has a highly addictive and personalized algorithm, according to Popular Science. A group of state attorneys general is investigating the platform’s impact on youth — just over two-thirds of 13- to 17-year-olds say they’ve used TikTok, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Separately, the platform faces regulatory issues due to reported stalls in an agreement with President Biden’s administration on how the Chinese-owned platform will operate in the United States.

TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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