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Sara Corrington

The YouTube Sensation

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The YouTube Sensation

 

It is no secret how popular YouTube is these days as it is the third most visited site on the Internet after Google and Facebook. Viewers use YouTube to watch music videos, how-to videos, cat videos, and other forms of entertainment. There is a YouTube video for everyone and for nearly every topic you can think of.

 

According to Brandwatch, in 2015, 18-49 year-olds spent 4% less time watching TV while time on YouTube went up 74%. Traditional methods of information and entertainment are being left in the past while YouTube is completely in the future. With this rising popularity, businesses may find way more success with younger generations by building a presence on YouTube rather than implementing ads on any TV channels. Many companies are also now trying their hand at creating different show series specifically designed for YouTube.

 

But why is YouTube so popular? Isn’t it just a silly media site for millennials? Part of the appeal is that the platform not only features videos created by professional businesses and musicians, but a large portion of the content is created by “YouTubers.” These YouTubers are everyday people who create videos on a variety of topics as a hobby, and for some, as a career. For many viewers, these creators have a real influence as they give advice, inspiration, “life hacks”, and laughter.

So don’t underestimate the power of YouTube. YouTube is not a silly site just for teenagers to waste time. The platform has an enormous reach that can help spread awareness, provides real careers and incomes, and even gives viewers guidance in their lives. Who knows what else YouTube will grow to be in the future?

Not Just A Game

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Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer-generated experience that simulates a 3D environment that is interactive and lifelike. Many people consider VR to be just a fun game to play, but there are many useful purposes that VR can serve.

Education

According to EdTechTimes, VR provides equity within the classroom. To students who are at low-income schools, VR can provide opportunities and experiences they couldn’t have otherwise. With VR, students are able to experience historical events, tour museums, and more. This allows for invaluable educational gains for schools with constricting budgets.

Mental Health

VR can be implemented in therapy sessions for people with mental illnesses such as anxiety and schizophrenia. The simulations are able to generate different scenarios that cause people distress. They then use the VR to confront their fears and anxieties, while still being in a safe place. According to an article in Science News, VR therapy can be equally effective or more effective than traditional therapy.

Pain Management

Thousands of people in America face acute illnesses which cause them pain every day. Rather than relying on opioids for pain management, doctors and scientists work to find other options. VR experiences can offer a distraction to patients and take their focus away from any pain they may be experiencing.

To some, VR is just a game. But to many, this technology can make a real positive difference in their lives. VR has the capability to teach, heal, and comfort.  Next time you play with VR, think of what it can do for you and what it can do for the world.

How Netflix Has Made the World Smaller

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How Netflix Has Made the World Smaller

Long gone are the days of rewinding VCR tapes to get back to the beginning of the movie. Long gone are the days of driving to your local Blockbuster and picking a movie or two out of the stiflingly small selection, and there may be faint memories bouncing around in your head of what video quality was like before HD and Blu-ray. Oh, how entertainment has changed!

Netflix, and other similar streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Video, have revolutionized the way we watch television and movies. You can watch hundreds of movies without leaving your house, and you can access it all with just one click of a button and a fee of $10 a month. Besides having remarkable ease, Netflix’s variety has made it more possible to “travel the world”.

In the past, you were strictly limited to the movies that were available at the Blockbuster down the street, but Netflix offers movies and shows from around the world. Some of the currently popular shows are The Great British Baking Show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and Élite. With these shows, you can learn British baking techniques that have yet to cross the pond, find Japanese-inspired ways to “spark joy” in your life, and learn what high school life could be like in Spain.

Twenty years ago, it was quite difficult to find easy access to entertainment from a wide variety of countries. Through Netflix and other streaming services, we are able to learn far more about the culture in other countries than we could have previously. Netflix has shrunk our world and has given us international travel that is just one click away.