Amish teen shares glimpse into what life in the community is REALLY like as he embarks on Rumspringa

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An Amish teen has become a viral sensation after he shared a glimpse into what life in the community is really like – and it’s a lot different than you might expect.

Johnny Detweiler, from Smock, Pennsylvania, has racked up more than 108,000 followers and two million likes across his videos after he began showcasing what living an Amish lifestyle entails on his TikTok account.

The Amish are known for not using any modern technology, dressing in old-fashioned clothes, and even opting for a horse and buggy to get around.

However, Johnny’s videos feature him and his friends participating in activities like listening to rap music, attending parties, and even drinking and smoking – leaving many people on the web stunned over how much their lives resemble those of any other normal teen.

Amish teen shares glimpse into what life in the community is REALLY like as he embarks on Rumspringa

An Amish teen (left) has become a viral sensation after he shared a glimpse into what life in the community is really like – and it’s a lot different than you might expect

Johnny Detweiler, from Smock, Pennsylvania, has racked up more than two million likes across his videos after he began showcasing what living an Amish lifestyle entails on his TikTok

Johnny Detweiler, from Smock, Pennsylvania, has racked up more than two million likes across his videos after he began showcasing what living an Amish lifestyle entails on his TikTok

Johnny's videos feature him and his friends participating in activities like listening to rap music, attending parties, and even drinking and smoking

Johnny's videos feature him and his friends participating in activities like listening to rap music, attending parties, and even drinking and smoking

Johnny’s videos feature him and his friends participating in activities like listening to rap music, attending parties, and even drinking and smoking

He has left many people on the web stunned over how much their lives resemble those of any other normal teen

He has left many people on the web stunned over how much their lives resemble those of any other normal teen

While Johnny has yet to explain how he is able to use a cell phone, since it is not common for Amish people to have access to social media and the internet, he did reveal on his YouTube account that he briefly left the Amish community last year, so that could be where he obtained the device.

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Now, Johnny – who works in roofing – uses his phone to give others an intimate behind-the-scenes look into the unconventional lifestyle.

Some of his videos feature him riding around in his horse and buggy, working, or fishing, while others show himself and his friends smoking cigarettes or drinking beers together.

‘Here’s a little look of Amish teens living it up,’ he captioned one TikTok, which saw Johnny and some others sipping on Bud Lights together.

In the video, the women could be seen wearing long, old-fashioned blue dresses with white aprons and headpieces, while the guys donned black dress pants and tucked-in button-down tops. 

Another TikTok showed Johnny and his girlfriend, TLC star Rosanna Miller, posing together as she gave the camera her middle finger. 

In a third video, he addressed rumors that he wasn’t Amish since he uses a cellphone.

In it, he showed off an immense stash of jars food that he had stored in his home – a common practice by Amish people – as well as some of the laundry that was hung on the clothes line in his garage to dry.

Some of his videos feature himself and his friends smoking cigarettes while standing near their horse and buggies

Some of his videos feature himself and his friends smoking cigarettes while standing near their horse and buggies

Others show the gang drinking Twisted Teas or beers together

Others show the gang drinking Twisted Teas or beers together

Others show the gang drinking Twisted Teas or beers together

'Here¿s a little look of Amish teens living it up,' he captioned one TikTok, which saw Johnny and some others sipping on Bud Lights together

‘Here’s a little look of Amish teens living it up,’ he captioned one TikTok, which saw Johnny and some others sipping on Bud Lights together

Many people were enthralled with Johnny’s videos, and they took to the comment section to share their thoughts.

‘I don’t know what I did to end up on Amish TikTok but I’m here for it,’ wrote one person.

‘I feel like I’m watching something illegal,’ joked another, while someone else added, ‘Dear God, I pray for you to keep me on Amishtok.’

‘Amish gone wild,’ read a fourth comment. A fifth said, ‘Amish gone wild.’ 

A different user commented: ‘I had no idea the Amish turn up like that.’ 

‘I don’t think people realize that the Amish party hard during Rumspringa,’ another user explained. ‘Be safe out there kiddos.’

When Amish people turn 16, they enter a period known as Rumspringa, which, according to Ohio’s Amish Country, is a time when ‘they are no longer under the total control of their parents on weekends and, because they are not baptized, they are not yet under the authority of the church.’

Many people were enthralled with Johnny's videos, and they took to the comment section to share their thoughts

Many people were enthralled with Johnny’s videos, and they took to the comment section to share their thoughts

Johnny and his girlfriend, Rosanna Miller's relationship was featured in season six of the TLC series Return to Amish

Johnny and his girlfriend, Rosanna Miller’s relationship was featured in season six of the TLC series Return to Amish

‘During Rumspringa, Amish youth enter a time of greater social activity. Traditional youth activities include volleyball, swimming, ice skating, picnics, hiking, and large outdoor “supper” parties,’ the outlet added.

The couple started dating in 2021, and welcomed a daughter together, named Clara Rose Detweiler, in March 2022

The couple started dating in 2021, and welcomed a daughter together, named Clara Rose Detweiler, in March 2022

‘The most typical gatherings are “singings.” Groups meet in a home and sing German hymns and English gospel songs for several hours and then enjoy a time of conversation and food. 

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‘One of the purposes of Rumspringa is to find a mate. Amish begin dating during this period, and most eventually find a “special friend.”‘

Johnny and Rosanna’s relationship was featured in season six of the TLC series Return to Amish.

The show, a spinoff of Breaking Amish, premiered in 2014 and is currently on its seventh season. 

The couple started dating in 2021, and welcomed a daughter together, named Clara Rose Detweiler, in March 2022.

No using modern technology and always wear plain clothing: Inside the Amish beliefs and traditions

Amish believe that God has called them to a simple life of faith, discipline, dedication and humility. They are known for not using any modern technology, dressing in old-fashioned clothes, and even opting for a horse and buggy to get around. There are seven basic principles that the Amish follow:  

  • Baptism is only performed during adulthood after a confession of faith. This is because children do not have the knowledge of good and evil, so they can’t benefit from baptism. 
  • Members who sinned are warned twice in private. In the third instance, they will be notified publicly and banned from the group for good.  
  • Only baptized adults are allowed to attend the Lord’s Supper. 
  • Leaders in the church are known as shepherds, and they all must be of good character. 
  • They reject violence, even if it means separating themselves from society. 
  • Because the rest of the world and politics are seen as corrupt, they do not participate in public office or civil affairs. 
  • Because words are not sufficient, members do not give promises. 

Sources: DiscoverLancaster.com and AmishTables.com

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