Is YouTube restricting you from going global?

How often has it happened that one of your international friends from uni has shared a YouTube video on their walls which looks super hilarious or extremely interesting at the least and you click on it hoping it’s in a language you understand, and bam! There pops up a message from the bitter-sweet video portal, stating ‘This video is not available in your country’. How many of you has this happened to? I’m guessing heaps.

Being a student at Bond University automatically guarantees the fact that you will have a social circle with people from everywhere in the world. And with everyone being extremely tech-savvy, you’re probably bombarded with posts in about 4-5 different languages every single day, almost half of them being video shares, on YouTube. I’m a very social person and absolutely love learning more about different cultures and I personally feel YouTube puts a restraint on my cultural growth and enhancement by blocking videos in various countries.

They say that you learn more outside the classroom than you do in it. And that learning definitely happens via the sources we have access to in our daily lives which includes the internet. “Students with better basic Internet skills and who viewed the learning environment as promoting the use of the Internet favored using the Internet for learning.” (Hong, 2003) You can learn a lot about almost everything from YouTube, from how to open a can to how to build a boat. But if it isn’t ‘available in your country’ then how are you going to learn?

Think about it.

Reference:

Hong, K. (2003). Students’ attitudes toward the use of the Internet for learning: A study at a university in Malaysia. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.ifets.info/others/journals/6_2/5.html

Dear Youtube, if we wanted ads we would watch television.

So imagine this, right? You’re all ready to watch the Fault in Our Stars trailer and the page loads up. You can’t control your excitement and you hit play. And what pops up? An advertisement. Am I the only one who gets frustrated by the 15 – 30 second advertisements that Youtube has now been placing before ‘popular’ channels? Or more like ‘people who get paid to be funny on YouTube’ channels?

As we all know, over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth. (YouTube, 2014) Woah woah. There seem to be a lot of videographers out there, I must say.

Getting back to the adds. YouTube is the largest video sharing platform in the world, which means that they are aware of the fact that even if they do start to make the site more commercial by putting up adds, they will not lose their viewers. I mean, it is true to a point. I do get annoyed but I’d probably just refresh my Facebook homepage about 5 times in the meantime.

Well, let’s hope YouTube decides to switch things up and maybe try keeping adds restricted to the sidebars, headers and footers; rather than in our faces.

 

Resources –

Youtube. (2014) Statistics. Retrieved June, 2014, Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html

Are you Facebook Official yet?

According to a new study in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, “People who use Facebook more than once a day are more likely to report relationship conflicts arising from social media.” As soon as I say ‘relationships’ most of you think of either your own boyfriend/girlfriend or another couple you know of. And that’s perfectly normal, because most people at our age are thinking about it. Family, friends, acquaintances all come after that one special person. Gone are the days where doves flew to and fro with love letters. Bye-bye little birdy. Hello Social Media.

But is it necessary to show your affection for your partner online? On conducting a survey between people aged 15-25 via Survey Monkey, I found that a surprising 88% of respondents said that it’s not. With the large amount of ‘affection’ that we see splattered all around our news feed, we’d expect the amount to be much higher. But still, social media manages to take us over. When writer Holly Sidells’s boyfriend was not very keen about posting stuff about them online, she freaked out. (Sidell, 2011) “The real issue was that I attached meaning to his action (or rather, inaction). And that meaning I attached was that he’s not as in it as me, that I must have been making this whole love thing up in my head, and that he obviously doesn’t like me as much as I like him. WHOA. That’s quite a conclusion to jump to without any substantiated evidence!” she said. We make assumptions before even giving our partners a chance to give us answers to all the WH questions in our heads. Relationship downfall alert!

I am sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this couple going on about their love for each other online and as soon as you see them in public, you would not believe they are romantically involved with each other. Dr. Rachna Jain believes that people easily confuse ‘digital intimacy for true intimacy’. (Jain, 2010) It confuses you to see your friends talking about their relationship, sharing cute photos, quotes, and the likes online but barely ever even sit together in public. People might be shy in public, their families might be unaware, or maybe they are just trying to show EVERYONE how ‘happy’ they are, hence, all the love uproar online. In some cases, technology might just be the only way a relationship is still working. For instance, the ‘internet’ couple, which is basically, people who have never really met each other but have fallen for their online personalities. A survey respondent said that the Internet allows superficial relationships to happen but prevent meaningful relationships and are limited on many levels.

Also, technology is a major element of LDRs i.e. Long Distance Relationships with 76% of the young adults that took my survey, being in favour of it. It might be the only way they can communicate. Online dating expert Julie Spira talks about the beauty of old methods of communication. “Social media shouldn’t be a complete substitute for old-fashioned courtship or you might just find yourself with a digital pen-pal. Picking up the phone to hear someone’s voice will never go out of style.” (Spira, 2012) There were some conflicting views based on the concept of LDRs wherein one view said that it made people closer and appreciate the relationship more whereas the other said that it increases ‘fights, misinterpretations and false judgment.’

Social Media Marketing Expert Aanam Chashmawala said, “I think that with the era we’re in, there’s very little information that’s not already out there; so something like relationships is a matter of personal choice. From friends of friends to public, from exes being able to stalk you right up to the prying eyes of family members, the reach of the content you post will be far so as to the extent of your privacy settings.” (Chashmawala, 2014) We don’t realise the content we post on our respective social media handles until some friend stalks you and starts to like your posts from years ago. Aanam, however, supports the online media completely. “The point of social media has always been to enable communication, connect people, bring them together under one gigantic global roof, I think that it’s doing precisely that.”

We have the most control over what we put up online, and all we need to do is monitor what’s meant for the public and what’s not.

References:

Chashmawala, A. (2014). Facebook Relationships.

Jain, D. (2010). 4 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Relationships |. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/4-ways-social-media-is-changing-your-relationships/

Sidell, H. (2011). Dating And Facebook: ‘It’s Complicated’. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-sidell/facebook-relationship-sta_1_b_1098478.html

Spira, J. (2012). Social Media Etiquette: Do You Kiss and Tell?. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-spira/social-media-etiquette-do_b_1892369.html