YouTube has become such a big part of our lifestyle: it is now one of our main sources of entertainment. According to comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in June with 158.3 million unique viewers. Loaded with music, parodies, dramas, video logs, and many more, it is easy to understand how YouTube has become a giant in the entertainment media industry.
However, YouTube can be more than just a source of entertainment, it can also be used as a source of education. Some of you may groan at the thought of more learning out of school, but let me assure you learning could be an entertaining process when done correctly as demonstrated by these guys:
Vsauce, hosted by Michael is one of my favorite channels on YouTube. With thought provoking topics laid out in bite size chunks which are easily digestible by practically anyone, it is easy to feel smarter after just one video! Vsauce also has two sister channels called Vsauce2 and Vsauce3
C.G.P. Grey hosted by Grey offers interesting facts of the world presented in his rapid presentations, when combined with good animations keep his videos short but interesting.
SciShow, hosted by Hank Green offers science facts and news while keeping it simple, interesting and entertaining.
Metal Floss, hosted by John Green (Yes, they are brothers) offers trivia-tastic for the trivia junkies who enjoys consuming knowledge in bunches like Skittles or M&Ms!
Both of them host a channel called CrashCourse which offers crash courses on different courses such as biology, ecology, chemistry and US History.
Last but not least, one of my favourite:
Ted is an amazing non profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, which is their tagline as well. Ted features world renowned speakers from various backgrounds ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates and David Blaine. The ideas they share are inspiring and could be potentially be life changing. I placed this channel as the last one because of the nature of the content. The videos in this channel are generally longer compared to the previous channels I have suggested, but trust me that if you have the time to watch and digest the content, your time would be well spent.
As they literally have thousands of videos, I find it easier to sort through their videos through their website ted.com or if you have a smartphone, they have a handy smartphone application where you can watch their videos on the go.