Youtube: Bad for teens?

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Youtube: Bad for teens?

Photo by: Kellie Robinson

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Kelli Robinson, J1 Reporter

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We hear about it all around us. We see it on our screens. It’s the powerful app that seems to have more control then we see. Youtube. It’s there even when we don’t see it. It’s visible in the clothes we wear, the words we speak, the jokes we say, the trends we follow. It’s taking over the world of teens and none of us are aware of it.

Youtube, it’s there, slowly taking grasp on us. Most of us don’t see what it’s doing, but what about the few of us that do notice? You see, I believe that Youtube is bad for the teenage mind and is crucially affecting how we live and think.

We spend hours on Youtube and we don’t even realize it. It’s affecting ourselves and everything around us. It’s especially keeping us from doing well in our studies.

For example, I’m not the person you would find on youtube for hours. I would much rather study for school and spend time with my family. But sometimes I even spiral out of control and spend several hours on Youtube. I find that after doing this it’s harder to focus and essentially my grades go down. But once you are on it, it’s hard to get off. It’s addictive and unhealthy for us all.

I think you understand and have heard all the time that Youtube is bad for us but did you know that half of teens primarily watch Youtube for more than four hours a day? Really Think about it. Do you spend that much time on Youtube?

My friends are constantly arguing with me that Youtube can also be used for good. And yes, I get it. There are educational videos and you can stay updated on worldly events, but after asking many people if they use there youtube time to watch videos for educational purposes, they all went quiet and simply stated that they only do it when they have to.

Though Youtube can also be used for educational purposes, only 18.5% of teens willingly use it for that reason. We are constantly using that as an excuse, but we can’t use it anymore. It’s an excuse that I bet you don’t even believe.

Not watching Youtube and not staying updated on the trends is also having an impact on teens. People who don’t watch it, can often feel left out or excluded from the world.They feel all this because they just don’t want to watch what is on Youtube.

A friend of mine, is striving to be valedictorian. I notice she’s incredibly funny, talented and smart, but she refuses to watch youtube because she doesn’t want herself giving into the world or having any distractions from her studies.

She often expresses that she feels left out, all because she doesn’t watch Youtube. Imagine how you would feel if the whole world seemed to be against you. You have different clothes, words, interests etc. You would feel awful, I would know because this is how I feel every day of my life.

Youtube. It’s impacting our educational life, it’s making us waste our time, time that we could use to change the world and is making others feel bad. Youtube is an awful thing and we need to change what it’s doing to us. I think that this way of life, we call Youtube needs to stop. It’s bad for teens and adults. It needs to stop quick and it needs to stop now.

 

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