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I don’t watch traditional television anymore, plain and simple. While I can remember coming home from school and catching up on The Simpsons and That '70s Show, those are times of the past and there’s no point in looking back. My craving for entertainment has shifted from one video spectrum to the next. I can’t remember the last time I turned on my TV and didn’t immediately go to the YouTube application on my Apple TV.
I’ve been watching YouTube videos for over seven years now, but I’ve been a devoted viewer for the past three. What first started off as curiosity on what the YouTube hype was about completely morphed itself into full-fledged commitment — and it’s a loyalty I don’t mind having. I was one click away from opening up a portal of endless content that I could curate based on my own taste. I didn’t have to wait around for a scheduled show to come on — everything was at my fingertips and I was in control of what I wanted to spend my time watching. This is where I found the beauty in the video-sharing website that has changed me.
My problem with traditional television stemmed from feeling like I was watching the same show, across varying channels, with the same actors. It becomes a snooze-fest, and at some point something’s gotta give. I will admit that I do enjoy television shows like Scandal and Empire, but I can just hop on a streaming site and binge-watch those — that’s how I prefer to watch any television series. And even then I’m not fully immersed in following through all the way because the Internet has made it so easy to recap episodes for me in 300 words or less, begging me to ask the question: Do I even need to watch that now? Thankfully, my relationship with YouTube is far more complicated — in a good way.
In the mornings I love to watch beauty videos, at night I like to watch daily vlogs, and on the weekends I like to watch everything in between. I have my routine down — I know what I like and when I want to watch it. I honestly wouldn’t be sad if in some alternate universe cable television ceased to exist, but if YouTube flat-out disappeared I think I’d go a little more than crazy. So hear me out on the nine reasons why my heart skips a beat when it comes this epic platform.