As you may know, the popular video sharing platform YouTube added a feature called “shorts” which entered beta in 20201 and got fully released to the world in 20212. I personally label this “feature” as the worst thing that got added to YouTube over time and here are the reasons:
Now, no worries, if you want to fix those problems, I got you covered and some solutions might be incredibly easy:
I would advise to anybody to follow those steps and uninstall those “infinite scrolling” apps such as YouTube (feature, “shorts”), TikTok or any other that may come in the future or are already here (Twitter also counts in that description). Those are overall very bad for my (mental and physical) health and I vowed to eliminate all such apps of my daily life. As you can read on my website’s homepage, I do not possess any social media anymore, I deleted all my Reddit accounts (which was one of the best decisions ever regarding my mental health), deleted a familial Instagram account and I am in the process of deleting several other accounts (such as an OSU! one) from companies that don’t have any automatic deletion forms (so it takes more time to get my rights applied).
If you want to create content, well, don’t deprive yourself, post whatever you want but keep in mind to not get into the trend of doing marketable content just to be famous, do with passion. Hell, I like to stream sometimes and I even posted some videos on my personal channel. The trick is to not overdo it, don’t be a prick. If you can, publish your stuff on self-hosted projects such as PeerTube6 (tip: you can even stream on there).
The Verge, “YouTube Shorts arrives in the US to take on TikTok, but the beta is still half-baked”, March 2020, https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/18/22334540/youtube-shorts-us-beta-tiktok-competition-launch ↩︎
The Guardian, “YouTube Shorts launches in India after Delhi TikTok ban”, September 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/sep/15/youtube-shorts-launches-in-india-after-delhi-tiktok-ban ↩︎