The best YouTube channels to get lost in when you should be studying
In a perfect world, a day of studying would comprise of an early wake-up time and long bouts of uninterrupted reading, all wrapped up in time for a healthy dinner and ample sleep. But if you’re anything like me, the reality is nothing like that.
In fact, if you’re REALLY like me, you’ll accidentally sleep in, grow frustrated with lecture recordings and stay up until 4am eating popcorn. My favourite way to waste the day is by getting sucked in to a black hole of YouTube videos. They are often on the weird side of the internet, and most certainly are not helping me get good grades.
Although I wouldn’t suggest it, sometimes a YouTube break is just what you need – so here are five great channels to get lost in.
Conspiracy theories are one of those things – you’re pretty sure that most of them aren’t true, but... maybe they are? Alltime Conspiracies is a great channel for finding videos about the biggest scandals, cover-ups and conspiracy theories in history. From Roswell to reptilians, they’ve covered all of it.
WatchMojo are a channel that use a top five or top 10 format, ranking all things pop culture. They focus on music, TV, film and video games. The channel publishes an impressive four or more videos daily, meaning you’ll never run out of stuff to watch. Do you want to know what the top 10 cheesiest one-hit wonders of the 2000s are? Well look no further, WatchMojo has you covered.
Primitive Technology is a channel run by an anonymous man who shows viewers how to make tools and buildings from scratch – using no modern tools or materials. In one video he manages to make pottery (and a kiln?!) all from natural products, including plant materials, clay, soil and stones.
It may not sound that exciting, but as someone who can’t light a campfire, it’s insane to see what this guy can do with termite clay and a whole lot of patience.
Top 5s is similar to Alltime Conspiracies with its format, but with more of a focus on the paranormal, mystery and astronomy. If you’re reading this at 2am, I don’t think this is the best channel to head to, because chances are you’ll be up all night stressing about whether Slender Man is real or not. There’s something about the ominous music and narrator’s velvety British accent that will see you wasting hours on clips about mysterious disappearances and alleged alien abductions.
OK, this one is gross, but people love it. I can’t tell you why people love it, they just do. I guess there’s something really satisfying about watching someone... pop a blackhead? I kinda get it – but as someone with a weak stomach I sometimes struggle with this one. Part of the channel's success comes down to its owner and operator, Dr Sandra Lee, a dermatologist who offers to squeeze zits in her spare time. She’s really easy to listen to and sparks up some interesting conversations with her clients. Maybe if you’re studying dermatology or skin cancer this could actually be classed as study?
Tahlia is a media/journo student from the University of Adelaide. She probably wrote this in the bath.
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