Friday, 24 June 2016

How Youtubers are some of the best Role Models?

Humans crave familiarity over anything. We love to ‘relate’ to people and find ourselves attached to humans who are very much like us. That is probably one of the main reasons why teenagers and young adults nowadays find YouTube stars more appealing.

Youtubers are more ordinary, reliable, engaging, relatable and in a sense,extraordinary than mainstream stars with a lack of filter and a candid sense of humor.

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The aura around them and the vibe they give off are familiar. They are the kinds of people who we look at and say, “Oh, thank god I’m not the only one” or “S/He is just like me!”

Youtubers have not only empowered the confidence of their viewers, they have also supported social causes and raised awareness of many aiding organizations. A cause is often addressed in their videos that raise awareness of the viewers to help a good cause which affects the people who need help as well. 

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Tyler Oakley has helped raise over $500,000 for The Trevor Project, which prevents suicides among the LGBT+ community. Jack and Finn Harries (jacksgap) have helped a lot of charitable trusts. Their recent ‘Rickshaw Run’ which involved the brothers and their friends racing across India in rickshaws to support a teenage Cancer Trust

Connor Franta’s Thirst project collects charity to build wells in third world countries where there is a scarcity of water. Pewdiepie, possibly one of the biggest YouTubers out there, has raised money for Save the children, an organization that helps children whenever a disaster occurs in a poor country.

Youtubers are also known for being very real and they help their viewers understand how online creators don't all have perfect lives. 

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For example, Zoella posts video blogs about her daily life, in which she documents her happy moments and also her sad ones. Zoe danced with the devil, aka with anxiety and instead of keeping mum about it, she decided to open up to her viewers so that she could share her battle and also help her viewers who were struggling with the feel better. 

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Lilly Singh, i.e ||Superwoman|| has talked about taking charge of your future and not letting your background affect whatever you do have also hugely inspired teenagers. Louise, (SprinkleofGlitter) is a fashion vlogger and a wonderful role model who often talks about self-harm, depression.

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Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla (Smosh) have created a video titled ‘Parents suck’ that just depicts how important parents are. In Tyler Oakley's video "I Had a Vision of Love", he talks through his life goals he wishes to accomplish, can inspire all the kids who feel directionless. Youtuber Joey Graceffa talks about how he overcame problems such as having a learning disability, an absent father, and an alcoholic mother.

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There are so many Youtubers that I haven’t mentioned but one thing is common- all Youtubers have shown that they're average kids who gain attention for their personality. After seeing them do it, it's hard to not get that feeling blossoming deep within your heart and that adrenaline pumping into your system that you could also do it- and that motivational boost is needed.

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Youtubers have made the World a smaller place, in a good way. They spread truth, incite change and broaden the horizons of one’s thinking. YouTube has had the reputation of triggering the wrongs in a person, but more often than ever, it is the exact opposite. Youtubers have made people feel how they should embrace all types of creativity. It doesn’t matter if you’re not perfect because it’s your imperfections that make you unique.

Written by Durva Bhatt
A bibliophile who is fuelled entirely by caffeine, sarcasm, fandoms and random thoughts.

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