Getting Stuck in the YouTube Vortex

You know what I mean. It starts off with typing something totally normal into the search bar. Let’s say you type in “Maroon 5”. Seems simple enough, right?

Of course it does. However, in the recommendation bar to the right you see a video titled “Adam Levine ATTACKED by fan!” and that peeks your interest so you click on that one. And heck, while you’re at it, you click on the next video, which is an interview with Adam Levine on Kimmel.

Adam Levine mentions that his wife is from Namibia so you look up Namibia because you had no idea before that very moment that Namibia was even a country. 2 1/2 hours and 30 videos later, you’ve determined that Namibian Gospels music is your new favorite tune-age.

I’m not going to lie; this is my favorite thing about YouTube. You can get completely lost within it, lose track of time, and eventually come out of it with enough useless knowledge to win the grand prize during Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Just be aware when you’re on a time constraint. Don’t be the guy who is late to whatever it is kids are late to these days because you were busy watching a documentary on 1980’s Renaissance Fairs.

On your weekends though, if you’ve got nothing to do for the day, I dare you to make a simple YouTube search and then see exactly how far you can go into the vortex. Exactly how long can you keep searching while staying on topic? At what point did you realize that you’d originally started out watching something sensible (like a Zoella make-up tutorial) and ended on a rerun of Dharma and Greg? Seriously. It’s kind of hilarious if you don’t think about it all that much!

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One thought on “Getting Stuck in the YouTube Vortex

  1. This happens to me all the time, especially with danisnotinfire and AmazingPhil! I wonder how I get anywhere on time!

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