August 9: Is Youtube Bad for Kids?

Absolutely. Anyone, especially parents, who shrug off Youtube and simply give their kids their phones as a distraction or to silence them, is toxic behavior. There is not yet statistical evidence that proposes that Youtube is a substandard excuse for parents who simple don't want to watch their kids. Especially sufficient evidence that does not supports the idea that perhaps Youtube is perpetuating the affects of developmental disorders, such as autism. Not to say that there are no educational channels or videos on Youtube, but parents use this to justify their children's over-use of this platform; when in actuality, watching hundreds and hundreds of hours of mindless content subsequently makes them absent-minded.

Youtube being a relatively new platform only being introduced in 2005, but only recently gaining momentum, is severely under-researched and has already profoundly effected the younger generation. Kids growing up with Youtube, particularly kids born around 2015, already have an unrealistic apprehension of the "world." We have fixated them to the impracticality of making a living online; having to base their always-fluctuating "salaries" on human idiosyncrasies.

People's choices and tendencies change on a daily basis, so, for example, one day, slime is the new "hot topic," and slime-youtube-creators are placed under this false understanding that perhaps their income will be like this: consistently high. But in actuality what needs to be understood, and can't yet be understood by children, is people who have dedicated their entire lives in front of a camera are under the false impression that maybe this "gig" is a long-term situation.

What is happening is kids ranging anywhere from one to thirteen years-old spend a preposterous amount of time on Youtube and become addicted. Jake Paul's careless and insensitive actions and career, to children, is the epitome of success because of his ridiculously-high wealth. But Youtube is not a sustainable career. Yes, you can perhaps make 100,00 dollars one year and think you have it made, but the succeeding year only make 25,000 and even less the year after. Because of Youtube, we have desensitized an entire generation to believe that the impracticality of Youtube is a way of a sustainable income. When that is unequivocally false. It is far more obvious to find a steady career with a dependable degree, despite the constant "money-hungry" idiots that demonize teachers and education for views: "Teachers said we couldn't make it, but we still do what we love, we heading for the hills, be watchin' from above."
What we need to do, as a society, is limit screen-time significantly and put some more understanding into our younger generation. It's also exceedingly crucial for us to introduce and implement laws that recognize excessive screen time and Youtube as a problem.

[1]: I got this from the Dobre Brother's (senseless) music video, "You Know We Lit." I can assure you that no educator that went through the trouble to get a degree and proper accreditations to become a teacher, told you, a student, "you couldn't make it."

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