Why YouTube is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to the Internet

Why YouTube is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to the Internet

It's addicting but it's so worth it.
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YouTube is probably one of the greatest gifts in the modern world, there are endless possibilities of entertainment on this one website alone. Here are some of the reasons I love YouTube:

1. You can become a pro at basically anything.

When I first discovered YouTube as a fetus 11 year-old in the 6th grade I was amazed by all the different videos there were on a single topic alone. At this awkward time in my life, I happened upon makeup tutorials -- thousands of them. And I was hooked. I watched makeup videos every single day to the point that my mom gave a time limit for how long I could spend doing so. As I sat watching and absorbing all the techniques that the various makeup artists had to offer my mother shook her head and thought, "She's waisting her time on those stupid videos". Yet here I am today, a 17-year-old who still has a passion for makeup AND I do my mom's makeup whenever she's going out; obviously now she appreciates the countless hours I "wasted".

2. It's an instant mood booster

Like many other people, I can always count on a stomach aching laugh to cheer me up; and most of the time, I find those funny things that make me laugh until I hurt on YouTube. Whether it's just a person vlogging a day in their life, or a video where people make fools of themselves at the expense of others, knowing full well people will be laughing at them (and with them), YouTube never fails to lift my spirits when I need it most.

3. You're never alone

On YouTube you are bound to find a YouTuber who is open about their life experiences; the good and the bad, the life you see on camera and the one behind the scenes. And I think the most powerful videos on YouTube are the ones where people open up about their struggles in their life; showing us that they're just like us. Watching these types of videos can be some of the most comforting things in the world, to know you're not alone and that there's someone experiencing the same hardships in their life makes your life a little more bearable.

4. You can find endless reasons to procrastinate

Getting lost in the wormhole that is YouTube requires 3 simple steps:

1.) Open the app

2.) Pick any video you want to watch

3.) Just let the next video play

It is so easy to get lost in the endless possibilities on YouTube, spending hours on end doing absolutely nothing. Well, maybe you watch a video about something you're interested in, a video that makes you laugh, think, cry, angry. Losing yourself in videos isn't always the worst thing in the world, it might just mean the things you have to do in the real world will still be waiting for you once you break free from the trance.


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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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