January 17, 2019 - 3 min read
I’m a methodical consumer of the internet. My consumption habits are functions composed of cron-jobs and synchronous execution. But I can no longer keep up. My habits are failing me.
A look into my YouTube behavior as a kid:
This served me well for years. Then I got into college - the personalized web blew up - I got a job… and I started slipping up.
A look into my YouTube behavior now:
The primary flaw in my algorithm isn’t a big conspiracy by some tech giant. It’s this - I no longer have 6 hours a day to watch YouTube videos that I did as a kid.
By using the Watch Later as a back-up for my lack of time, I’ve artificially created a mountain full of interesting content that I will never watch. It weighs on my consciousness everyday and gives me anxiety.
I was initially looking for something or someone to blame this on. I thought I’d blame it on the nature of the internet we are in now - on Google for making subscriptions a second-rate citizen - or on the personalized web fragmenting a feed into infinitely many streams of micro-interests. But, nah.
The truth is, my algorithm just doesn’t work anymore. The amount of time going into it is insufficient to achieve desirable results. And I don’t think I am willing to prioritize watching videos on the internet over everything I want to do -so it’s time for a change.
YouTube like most social networks is a stream of content. You take a dip, swim around for a while and then you get out. I’m done try to build a dam trying to process each droplet of video that passes through.
I’ve removed all the videos I’d saved in Watch Later and I no longer force myself to keep up with new content. If I have 5 minutes off and a channel has recently uploaded one which looks interesting - I’ll give it a watch.
Apart from that, I’m letting my videos go unwatched.
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