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    • I have been having a lot of conversations with parents I work with about their kids and YouTube. Its super fascinating to hear that kids (even toddlers) LIVE on YouTube as their main source of content consumption. So here's my question: Do you think YouTube is the future of television for the next generation, above Netflix for millennials?

    • Huh, our problem is 3 iPads, 3 girls, and a limit of 2 simultaneous screens on our Netflix account. Either one girl has to watch with a sister (ew!) or figure something else out. Usually the something else is Amazon.

      Last time, Penny wanted to watch Lego Ninjago. She didn't even consider it on YT Kids because searching for it turns up an endless list of inane videos about Lego Ninjago toys, puzzles and coloring books.Some feel like ads in disguise. On Amazon and Netflix the kids don't have to wade through all the junk and then ask to go to the toy store to buy a new Lego set they saw on YT Kids.

    • My kids limit their kids (ages 2 and 6) to Netflix, Amazon, and PBS kids. No YouTube—too unpredictable.

    • Someone made a good point about this to me recently in that, all of the platforms have their purpose. Amazon/ Netflix are good for long form quality content, YouTube is more for quick videos- unboxings, getting a question answered, how to-s, and many have mentioned a social aspect to it. Kids can connect to some of the stars there because they feel real and attainable.

      I also wonder if there's something to be said for income level. As in, not every family has the money for a Netflix/Hulu/Amazon subscription. YouTube is free (if you don't count your time watching ads) and with that said, it's attainable for kids that don't have access to a subscription based platform.

    • I don't own a tv. Youtube is my tv though I have in the last year signed up for CraveTV. I certainly spend way way more time on YT than Cravetv. I'm 48 so I'm part of the old generation. I never really was a tv watcher but now I spend a fair bit of time consuming video on my hobbies and interests. Youtube is much more flexible and offers WAY more variety.

    • Toni and I used to watch comedy clips from Trevor Noah, Colbert, James Corden, etc., but lately the political news has been a little too grating even for comedy, so we tended to drift off to Netflix shows. Still, I seem to see a lot of 5-10 reviews of new tech on YouTube.

    • I do, yes. I honestly believe YouTube is one of the greatest inventions of man. Here's a professor from Sweden who made a 4 minute YouTube on life expectancy over the last 200 years, and it's incredibly brilliant, the best presentation I can imagine. I would wade through a lot of noise to find a gem like this:

      On the other hand, I had coffee with Ellen Pao yesterday and watched some of her interviews on YouTube before hand. I came across some of the videos the incel community has posted of her and they were chilling. I cringe at the thought of children or teen & 20-something men coming across them.

    • Right, that's such a good point. The fact that YT is free, there isn't a great deal of quality control, and the potential for a lot of false information to spread around- which is very scary to me. I have had conversations with Lyft drivers who say their only source of truth is from YT and they list of a number of people who spew loads of White Nationalist crap. As a jewish person that really freaks me out.

    • Interesting question that I think comes down to curation, so that looking for quality content is not like looking for a needle in a haystack. For my 6 year old, I wouldn't let him loose on YouTube unsupervised but there are great shows available with a little searching. That said, my 14 year old does seem to do well on her own, and finds content based on her interests. I'm going to ask her how successful her searches are to find what she wants.

    • A mix of bicycle videos, politics/economics/news, technology and science and if I'm being honest I have to include click bait beautiful women videos. I watch a wide assortment of videos but those would be the top of the list. Way too many bicycle and politics videos.

    • Do people actually create a media bubble or self reflecting bubble of ideas around themselves? Some studies say yes but others say no. I think we have always drawn people and things around us that reinforced our beliefs. Should we be more concerned now than we were before? I'm not so sure. Keep in mind that the most radical are the most vocal. I think the problem is greatly exaggerated though I used to be more concerned than I am now. I hope it's not as big of a concern as we're let to believe. The power of the Internet is that it allows like minded people with likeminded goals to get together. This will be both good and bad. It's just how it is. Allow people to more easily find others and this is going to happen. Is it really converting masses of people? Anti-vaccers...maybe that's a problem but...heck I'm going to go ride my bike and now worry about it.

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