Addicted to YouTube

youtube.jpgHereby, I officially wish to announce that there is a new entrant in my list of addictions, and that is! My other addictions include one PET bottle of Coke a day, a fresh copy of the Times of India, one small pastry daily, along with a compulsory viewership of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and the Bold and the Beautiful, amongst many others.

The least that I need to know is that the signs are not seeming very healthy for me.

I have literally become addicted to Youtube. The moment I finish checking my mails, I log on to YouTube , surf the site, and then, watch videos for hours.

The question that arises is: what type of videos do I watch?

I watch videos of the various Oscar winning moments. Sania Mirza’s matches are next on my list, followed by tennis matches of Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis among the whole galaxy of tennis players.All this, along with a liberal portion of interviews of celebrities. Finally, I round off the list of videos with a heavy dosage of international fashion shows of designers who I believe, have changed the way I analyze beauty.

I want to make it clear that I am not the only addict. I was pleasantly surprised to know that my roommate too is a regular viewer of music videos of rock bands, which are not shown in India. Although, to be honest, he is not really afflicted with the disease of addiction like me. Another dear friend of mine is completely hooked on to watching a cartoon show called Dragon-Ballzy.

The exam season is on and I cannot believe that I have spent a good quantity of time doing nothing but watching videos on YouTube for hours on an end. Youtube doesn’t interfere with my studies; it merely keeps me awake till the wee hours of the morning, and relentlessly pinches me with pangs of guilt, as my downloading time is restricted.

In the summer the previous year, my addiction to YouTube was the reason of me getting a bill of Rs. 2000!

Anyhow, this is how YouTube works.

YouTube is a website dedicated to video sharing. Users indulge in uploading, sharing and viewing videos based on diverse topics. It is a San Bruno based company, created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees. The website uses Adobe Flash Technology which aids the display of the wide range of videos taken off television, personal footage and music videos. It allows surfers to indulge in video-blogging. Google Inc. acquired the company in October 2006 for US $1.65 billion. In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users watched over 3 billion videos on YouTube.

Its social impact can be seen in the way this site is being used for the 2008 US Presidential elections, where advertisements of the all the candidates have been aired. CNN also used YouTube to field questions to the candidates while the debate sessions conducted through out the campaign trail.

As far as my addiction goes, I am seriously terrified of what will happen but, till I have not satiated my thirst for many interesting videos that keep being uploaded on the website, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon!

People say to get rid of an addiction, one needs to get addicted to something else.

Any ideas?

Sayan Das


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