The popularity of YouTube seemed to have been a catalyst in causing the death of the DVD and music store. An average fun night for you might have once been spent in your local Blockbuster choosing a couple of DVDs to watch with your mates for that much awaited evening in. Sadly this little enjoyment has been condensed and a lot of us now spend time watching films, shows and listening to music on YouTube. In fact, so many hours can be spent on YouTube watching pointless videos about the most inane subjects whilst procrastinating. Blockbuster closed all its stores in the UK a few year ago, and other companies such as HMV have closed many of their stores. It's amazing how we used to all have such pleasure in buying our CDs and other miscellaneous entertainment products as well as opening them up for Christmases and Birthdays.
It might not have just been YouTube that has caused the death of entertainment stores, but as a result of the closures this saw job losses. And although many out there won't care about another person's job loss, on the whole these job losses affect the economy greatly. When you apply for a job now, there is now even more competition than ever before. More people can potentially be on benefits and have huge financial losses. At the same time though, we have to admit that sites such as YouTube have saved us a lot of money. If we want to watch make up tutorials or find cheats for a video game, we can just go on YouTube. YouTube has videos that entertainment stores do not offer. Many would say YouTube is much better than any entertainment store because there's a greater selection of things to watch and you can watch videos for the price of nothing. Want to be a celebrity and need a shortcut? Just make your own video channel.
We have turned into a culture that's glued to the internet. For many of us, it seems like our lives are lived online, and I am sure many of us would be fine with being confined to a room for days on end to live our lives via the internet and have no social interaction to the outside world. YouTube has added to our problem of decreasing social interaction, and we spend wasted hours on the site. Watching videos on there can be seen as an addiction. It seems we can watch hours of videos for the sake of it.
Without YouTube, our time would probably be used more productively, so is it really a big deal that YouTube has been blocked in Turkey? All of us, whether we have access to YouTube or not, should go out more and spend less time glued to our screens. We should use the site within moderation. There's people out there to meet and more enjoyment to be gained from what you get from YouTube.
Elisha Fields / London