I guess everyone has their platform of choice to get their social media fix in.. Many people spend hours scrolling their Facebook news feed, perfecting filters on instagram, or combing through retweets on twitter.. Even Steemit is highly addicting!!
For me, personally, I probably dump most of my wasted hours down Youtube, but more and more I'm coming to the realization that.. Youtube sucks!
Perhaps it's just me, but I'm getting less and less videos from my subscriptions, and more and more random garbage touted on my landing page.. Like a coke-addict looking for a good hit, I've been forced lately, to scour the bottom of the barrel in attempt to hit gold.
I've been severely disappointed.. there is not much left on youtube that gives me that buzz that im watching something exciting, important, educational, entertaining or meaningful to me..
Today, in a desperate attempt to find something to stop the jones, I decided to check out the trending page.. wtf? is this really the mindless blather that captures the widespread attention of the mainstream viewership? My head immediately started spinning and I felt like I lost brain cells just looking at the titles/thumbnails..
- "Aubrey Plaza Snorts Milk While Eating Spicy Wings"
- "Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Starbursts"
- "Melting Every Lipstick From The Drugstore Together "
These were just three of the top five thumbnails to pop up.. (the other two were music videos) and each one had between 2 - 5 MILLION views within the last 20 hours!!
Number 9 on the top ten list also caught my eye.. enough to get me upset enough to give up on youtube altogether.
The video had garnered 4.5 million views after only being uploaded less than 24 hours prior.. The youtuber herself has 8 million subscribers, and puts out mostly vlogs in a direct knock-off of Casey Neistat's style (surprise, surprise).. This trending video though, was an obvious rip-off of MrBeast videos.. the last one he uploaded is called.. "Spending 24 Hours on top of a Mountain" but instead of donating money or bringing awareness to a cause or a charity, she just spent the whole time complaining, checking her hair in the camera and playing on her phone.. it was ridiculous..
What got me mad was not the content creators being lazy or the click-baity-titles, it's the fact that there is even a market for this drivel.. and not just a few random completely bored viewers.. no.. millions of views.. us viewers aren't even making the content creators work for it anymore.. we just mindlessly watch whatever garbage is uploaded regardless of quality of value.
I don't know what's worse, viewers gouging on hours of asinine crap, the creators that debase their work in a game to trap viewer into clicks and watch time... or Youtube itself, which actively promotes this kind of behavior with the algorithm they have created..
I like youtube because I can learn, laugh and be entertained, but unfortunately, I seem to have to wade through more and more bull fodder in a hope to find a gem among the filth.. it's enough to make me want to say.. sorry youtube.. not for me!