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The Highest-Viewed YouTube Searches Prove We're Pleasure-Hungry Gamers

We play hard, and relax harder.

If you fancy starting a new career as a YouTuber, you might want start with videos about gaming or ~pleasurable sounds~

Where to start? Credit: Giphy

A new study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, has found the YouTube keywords that attract the most views in 2019, and there are quite clearly some big trends emerging.

Number one on the list was “Fortnite,” which comes as no surprise considering 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf took home a whopping $3M at this week’s Fortnite World Cup. Last year, Business Insider reported that Fortnite had nearly 250 million players, which is over two-thirds of the entire U.S. population. So, yeah, it makes sense that it’s going OFF on YouTube.

Second on Pew Research Center’s list of most-viewed YouTube search terms is “ASMR” AKA Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. If you’re not familiar with the trend (where have you been?) it’s a “static-like or tingling sensation on the skin” that starts from the scalp and moves down the neck and spine, brought on by “auditory or visual stimuli,” like whispering, scratching, crinkling, crumpling, or tapping. 

Personally, I’m not a fan of ASMR and find the whispering noises rather annoying, but clearly there is a huge demand for it, particularly on YouTube where it’s getting 25.7M worldwide searches per month.

On the list of most-viewed keywords, “ASMR” was followed by “Slime”, “Rainbow”, “Prank” and “Worst.” Which, to me, indicates the world likes watching really pleasant and satisfying video content, but we also enjoy seeing things go wrong. 

We’re sick bastards. Credit: Giphy

Ahh, humans.

This Controversial Six-Year-Old YouTuber Just Bought An $11.6M House

Prepare to feel realllllyyy crappy about your hopes of one day owning a property, because six-year-old YouTuber Boram has just nabbed herself an $11.6 MILLION home.

Sorry? Credit: Giphy

South Korean YouTube star Boram is the face of two channels: Boram Tube ToysReview and Boram Tube Vlog, which combined, have over 30 million subscribers. In her vids, Boram eats noodles, plays dress-up, and rides in toy cars, which is apparently super entertaining to a lot of people. 

Boram’s cute toy reviews have given her (but mostly her parents) the luxury of purchasing a five-story home in the affluent suburb of Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam, but they’ve also caused major controversy.

A number of Boram’s videos, including staged clips which show her stealing money, damaging her favourite doll, and pretending to give birth prompted Save The Children to take action in 2017. 

According to the Korea Herald, the charity group pressed charges against Boram’s guardians, accusing them of gaining financial profit by putting children in situations that could put them under mental distress. They also accused them of distributing the footage to the public, which could negatively influence underage viewers. 

Boram’s parents apologised to the public and removed the clips from her channel, but it’s not the first time this has happened. The Independent have reported that earlier this year, YouTube made the decision to turn off comments on videos featuring children, after people feared the platform was being used by potential child-abusers.

“We disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behaviour,” YouTube said in a statement. “These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors and we will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months.”

We’re happy (and slightly jealous) that Boram is making her millions at such a young age, but keeping kids safe online should always be a priority.

The Woman Who Pioneered Gender Reveal Parties Actually Hates Them Now

"Who cares what gender the baby is?"

If there’s one thing the Internet can’t get enough of right now, it’s gender reveal parties.

Soon-to-be parents can’t stop flocking to social media to find out their baby’s gender with blue and pink-filled cakes, balloons, confetti and even coloured car exhaust (don’t try this one at home). 

However, not everyone is loving gender reveal parties, including the alleged creator of concept. Jenna Myers Karvunidis, who writes the blog High Gloss and Sauce, has written in a statement on Facebook that she was credited as the “inventor” of the gender reveal party, but believes people have now taken it took far. 

According to Karvunidis, after she wrote about her gender reveal party on her blog and a parenting forum in July 2008, “it was picked up and an interview with me was published in The Bump magazine and the idea kind spread from there.”

She added that, “It just exploded into crazy after that. Literally – guns firing, forest fires, more emphasis on gender than has ever been necessary for a baby.”

“Who cares what gender the baby is? I did at the time because we didn’t live in 2019 and didn’t know what we know how – that assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential talents that have nothing to do with what’s between their legs,” she wrote.

Karvunidis ended her post by writing, “PLOT TWIST, the world’s first gender-reveal party baby is a girl who wears suits!” and shared a photo of her family, including her daughter wearing a suit.

While gender reveal parties are cute and obviously go down a treat on social media, Karvunidis has a point. Putting so much emphasis on an unborn child’s gender feels a little outdated in 2019.

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