You wake up, pick up your phone, and spend half an hour or sometimes a bit more than an hour on your phone, switching between apps and all the while being in bed, moving ever so slightly every few minutes. Why?
Almost all platforms are designed to keep you from logging off. That’s just how they make money. By now you must have read it in a thousand places about how this is bad for your mental and physical health.
But that’s not really the worst part.
Almost all the time you’re spending there is wasted. Yes, these platforms help you remain in touch with your friends and let you connect with like-minded people. But if you were to map out your activities and the time you spend online, how do you think you’ll fare?
If I were to speak for myself, I wouldn’t do so well.
Except for YouTube!
YouTube Stands Apart
Although, like all of the other Social Media platforms, it is also designed to keep you using it for as long as it can, and like all the other platforms, it also has the ability to waste huge chunks of your time. But, unlike other platforms, YouTube has the ability to make your life actually better. I would know because I’m speaking from experience.
Learning On YouTube
If you’re a student you already know how YouTube makes your life easy, super easy!
There’s probably not a single subject whose lectures are not on YouTube.
These days, especially after covid, teachers simply upload their lectures and share links with their students. So gone are the days of asking for notes from friends, you can simply take the lecture again!
There’s a huge plus here, you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of this, anyone who is curious enough and wants to learn can benefit from this. Likewise, you don’t have to be a teacher in a school to share your knowledge, just an urge to make the world a better place.
Learning Outside Academia
Academics aside, you can use YouTube to develop skills that you can then use to earn. Other Social Media platforms like Instagram, TikTok & Facebook are great sources of giving and receiving advice because of their content’s short-form nature.
However, on YouTube, creators and educators create whole playlists on various topics and subjects to make it easy for learners to keep up and learn at a pace that they are comfortable with. There are hundreds of thousands of freelancers all around the world who learned and developed their skills all thanks to YouTube and YouTube educators.
We live in a world that rewards people with skill over people with college degrees. While there are still degrees that are essential if you want to be in certain professions, ie, doctors. Yet there are plenty of other fields that require skills and have almost no use for academic certificates. Developers, Video Editors, Graphic Designers, Writers, etc. You get the picture, right?
YouTube is the New TV
Beyond all this, YouTube serves as an information and news hub as well.
Every new channel you can think of has a YouTube where they post everything from whole shows to short clips. Some channels even have live streams up and running 24/7. In essence, YouTube has become what television used, YouTube has replaced television.
If you’re still not convinced..
YouTube has channels like ‘The School of Life’, Ted, Vsauce, ‘Johnny Harris’, etc. These channels provide you with information, thought-provoking ideas, and best of all, a spark of curiosity. Such a spark can change your life’s trajectory and your perception of almost anything and everything.
To conclude, if you are going to spend time on social media, YouTube is by far the best choice.