submitted 4 months ago by L4s to c/technology

More than 15% of teens say they’re on YouTube or TikTok ‘almost constantly’::A new Pew Research Center study finds that more than 15% of teens say they're on YouTube or TikTok "almost constantly."

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[-] [email protected] 42 points 4 months ago

I wonder how much this compares to kids and tv viewing habits before household internet.

[-] snekerpimp 5 points 4 months ago

Man even Cinemax didn’t have hard core porn and beheadings. The shit that those two apps show you should never be seen by anyone.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 4 months ago

You think teens are being exposed to porn and gore on YouTube and tiktok??

Not, ya know, pornhub and liveleak?

That's a pretty fuckin weird take since YouTube and tiktok are well known for overly aggressive content moderation

[-] [email protected] 0 points 4 months ago

LiveLeak still exists!?

[-] snekerpimp -2 points 4 months ago

Obviously, you can just search google for porn. Head to a library, I’m sure you’ll find stuff there some people say is smut. “The Algorithm” doesn’t catch it all. What it pulls down and “moderates” is copyrighted content. The rest, they get to when they get to it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 months ago

Yeeeeeah but I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of teens aren't actually filling the majority of their view time with porn and trauma. Though I'm sure there is some significant porn watching, the beheadings part is far less so I am willing to bet.

[-] snekerpimp 2 points 4 months ago

I just know what I have seen the algorithm push. They are not actively seeking it, it is being shown to them by the algorithm. Is it all the time? No, but once is enough to do some serious mental damage.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 4 months ago

I don’t think the issue is the content – in fact, I feel our ability to interact with anyone anywhere is a net gain for humanity for many reasons.

I think the issue isn’t what they’re seeing, but how.

Learning worldviews from 2 minute TikToks or YouTube shorts where everything is surface-level with no incentive to expand that knowledge, presented as authoritative and bracketed by ads, does bad things to young brains.

There’s no depth to understanding, it’s just hot take after hot take, with no real discussion about the whys of things. The brain is actually trained away from developing deep understandings of things, and misinformation flourishes.

It’s not so much the content as the delivery. Junk food isn’t bad because it contains sugar and fat – that’s okay if it’s not your main diet.

TikTok, YouTube shorts, and similar superficial media are Pringles. And now kids are living off Pringles and little else.

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