Why YouTube Is My Escape
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Why YouTube Is My Escape

I watch YouTube as a method of self-care.


YouTube began way back in 2005. I would watch YouTube once in a while when there was a viral video that my friends told me I had to see, but I did not actively start watching any YouTubers until around 2011. The first person I watched was the King of YouTube himself, Shane Dawson.

I thought he was okay, but I have to admit I was not a fan of his earlier work. As I am searching through YouTube, I found other YouTubers, such as Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, and The Vlogbrothers, also known as John and Hank Green.


These people were so funny and real. It was so different from what I normally watched on TV. They not only made funny content, but they were also real with their audience.

Fast forward to present day, I am still watching YouTube more than ever. To be honest with you, I was just binge watching Mamrie Hart's show "You Deserve a Drink", then realized that I had to write this article. But now, when I watch YouTube, it is different from 2011.

When I was younger, I would watch YouTube just to see that viral video, get a good laugh, and I would move on. Now, when I watch YouTube, I watch it for stress release and to feel connected to people who like the same things as me.

YouTube has built a wonderful community. I watch it to see people's achievements. I watch it to hear people's stories. I watch it to see the YouTubers I have seen on the platform since I was 15 grow and change YouTube for the better.

Once again, I am talking about Shane Dawson. I mentioned before I was not a fan of his earlier work. Now I cannot get enough of his content, mainly his Docuseries!

YouTube is one of my methods to practice self-care. It's not your usual methods, but it is a good method for me. It is there for me when I need a good laugh or when I need a good cry. I honestly do not know what I would do without YouTube. I will be forever grateful to its creator and the creators on that platform.

Thank you, YouTube.

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