Have you gone to the YouTube comments section and be bombarded with comments like these?
These are comments made on almost all popular videos. For some reason, kids go to these videos and ask for likes on their comments in the cringiest way possible.
The YouTube comments section is the pit where all memes go after being dead and stay for eternity. The whole comment section is filled with overused memes that push the relevant comments way down the bottom.
Why do people do it though? Why do people go on these videos to beg for likes? I get that people seek attention on Social media and likes boosts their self-esteem but YouTube is not a social media. No one looks at people’s profiles on YouTube the same way they do on Facebook or Instagram.
I think it all boils down to the reach of YouTube. 5 Billion videos are watched on YouTube DAILY! YouTube has reached in places where there are no roads or transportation. The YouTube comments section is the first publicly shared place on the internet for some people. A place where you could go and interact with other people.
That a bunch of fake internet points hold too much power and define your self-worth. That you can only be cool if your comment gets a certain number of likes on the internet. That you are nothing but the number of likes and views. The Internet teaches them the rest.
Kids who were earlier playing Gulli danda are now slouched beneath a banyan tree commenting stuff like this and monitoring how much like it gets day in day out.
There is absolutely no denying the positive change technology brings but comes it a lot of negative changes that often get swept under the carpet. Technology providers, be it a company, government anybody has a certain responsibility to educate people on how to properly use that said technology.
Let’s say we become so advanced in a few years that everyone could afford a flying vehicle. The government or the company just wouldn’t give the vehicle to anybody who breathes. Right? There would be classes and tests on how to use it and if a person should be allowed to use it or not.
Why is it not the case with the internet which is equally powerful if not more than a flying vehicle? Elders can’t be asked to teach the kids about technology since they will always be a step behind in every era for technology adoption. It is usually the younger generation that moves onto newer technology and then the elders follow.
It is technology providers that need to layout a guideline for how the new technology should be used and parents should enforce those guidelines otherwise the whole of the internet would soon be plastered with “Kaun kaun dekh raha hai 2020 me like karo”.