I personally like some of the participants interviewed in this project, get easily distracted and have an incredible talent when it comes to procrastinating. I can find myself spending hours doing the wrong thing to avoid doing work. I tend to spend my time using YouTube, keeping up to date on all the news and all the channels I’ve watched over the course of a few years.
YouTube has grown since its creation to become a goliath amongst the other social media websites on the internet. In 2009, YouTube within 60 days would have uploaded an equivalent of 60 years of broadcasting. YouTube has continued to grow and expand as time goes on. Now with over 1 billion users, 1 billion hours watched daily, YouTube is a website/application that every single person has encountered in their daily lives. The aim of this research project is to explore what people watch whilst procrastinating and the lengths people will go to not complete the task at hand, e.g. completing assignments or studying for exams. Qualitative research methods are useful in researching a topic like this as it has the potential to provide an in-depth understanding on the what, the when, and why people are watching these videos in order to procrastinate. With this project, I would like to shed light on the different genres and types of videos that people watch on YouTube, depending on their personal interests. This project also aims to discuss how audience experiences and media practices are spatial in nature. There are various qualitative research methods that would be useful in providing information on the subject, such as Focus groups and surveys, however, I believe that interviews would be more effective based on the fact that questions I want to ask, require detailed responses.
- Nathaniel 21yrs/M– Communication and Media
Would you consider yourself a hard worker? No not really. I’ll do what I have to as long as I pass.
Do you think you procrastinate a lot when you study? Yes, a lot. I’ll find any excuse to not do work.
How often do you use YouTube when you’re relaxing? Pretty much all the time, I’ll watch the normal channels I watch, and if there’s something else I see that interests me, it’s all over. I use it to get my news too. I don’t really know who’s pulling the strings behind the scenes with certain TV News Stations. With YouTube channels, I understand who’s putting the information forward and it also helps me understand different opinions on certain situations.
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re relaxing? Mostly comedy and gaming YouTubers, I pretty much watch what I enjoy doing myself. I can spend hours watching videos in my subscription list. It helps me relax and forget about stuff that’s going on.
Do you use YouTube when you’re studying? Well it depends on the subject, sometimes I guess videos can help me understand and explain things.
Do you use YouTube to avoid doing study? Constantly. I’ll use anything to not study. I’m more than happy to avoid study, unless I’ve left it heaps late.
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re meant to be studying? I’ll watch the usual stuff that I’d watch if I wasn’t studying. Like, I’d sometimes watch science videos, channels like VSauce and stuff like that, but if I can’t be bothered studying, I’ll certainly watch something like that, like I twist my own arm to watch it.
Do you think you get easily distracted by websites like YouTube and Facebook? Oh yeah, no doubt. I’ll scroll through my feed for hours without thinking, just to avoid doing work, for sure.
What do you use the most when you’re procrastinating? I personally use YouTube a fair bit to begin with, but when I’m procrastinating I use it a lot as well.
Does procrastinating through websites such as YouTube or Facebook severely affect your potential for more marks and higher test scores? I hope not. I don’t really think it does. I guess it adds more stress because there’s less time to complete the task at hand, but I’d probably do it in the same amount of time anyway.
- Tara 19yr/F – Education, Drama
Would you consider yourself a hard worker? Yes I would generally, especially when I feel what I’m working towards is of significance.
Do you think you procrastinate a lot when you study? Yes, unfortunately. Definitely more at uni, and more as each year passes
How often do you use YouTube when you’re relaxing? I mean I would say, I probably check it every day, maybe more than that. But I’d rather be doing other things, that’s if I have free time though.
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re relaxing? Make-up or beauty videos. I watch a few comedy ones, probably just mainstream YouTube videos and a little bit of BuzzFeed. They just pump out videos, so if there’s nothing to watch I’ll just check them out.
Do you use YouTube when you’re studying? No not at all. I think it’s good for science stuff, but not necessarily for my degree.
Do you use YouTube to avoid doing studying? Yes. While my laptops with work, I go on my phone.
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re meant to be studying? If I’m using it to enjoy it, I’ll scroll through my subscriptions and pick the ones that seem interesting to me, but when I’m studying I’ll watch anything at all, or any related videos. I’ll even watch people I’d normally find annoying when I’m studying like “Zoella”.
Do you think you get easily distracted by websites like YouTube and Facebook? Yeah when I’m bored.
What do you use the most when you’re procrastinating? Probably YouTube, but I’ll check Instagram and Facebook constantly.
Does procrastinating through websites such as YouTube or Facebook severely affect your potential for more marks and higher test scores? I mean yes to a degree, they definitely don’t help. I don’t know whether I’d find a different avenue for procrastination instead of YouTube and stuff. When I’m in that mood and unmotivated, I’d do anything else. But I don’t think they help at all.
- Matt 22yr/M– History, Arts
Would you consider yourself a hard worker? No but I can work hard when I need to.
Do you think you procrastinate a lot when you study? Yeah all the time, until the last minute
How often do you use YouTube when you’re relaxing? Rarely, I don’t watch that many videos at all to be honest
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re relaxing? When I watch videos, I usually watch cooking videos
Do you use YouTube when you’re studying? No, I don’t use it really at all for my degree. Like if you were to build a shelf It would be useful, but it doesn’t suit my degree
Do you use YouTube to avoid doing studying? A little bit, but not really. It’s the bottom of the barrel of all my choices, that’s when I know I should probably start.
What type of videos do you watch on YouTube when you’re meant to be studying? Pretty much only cooking videos. I’ve watched wood carvings and Bob Ross of course. They’re relaxing and easy to watch.
Do you think you get easily distracted by websites like YouTube and Facebook? Facebook mainly. The more I want to procrastinate, the lower my standards go.
What do you use the most when you’re procrastinating? I’ll read a bit, I’ll find something interesting and research it. I’ll look up how certain movies are made and stuff. I want to learn, I just don’t want to learn about whatever I need to learn about.
Does procrastinating through websites such as YouTube or Facebook severely affect your potential for more marks and higher test scores? I get by pretty well without doing much work to be honest, also I’ve never been able to just work. It doesn’t really matter what I do, I just procrastinate.
Students avoid doing their study in various ways. These interviews helped shed light on the levels of procrastination that some university students go to. However, there were some issues regarding the interviews. The questions were heavily based on the assumption that almost every student spends their time on websites like YouTube. Most interviewees did use YouTube on a regular basis, however there as shown above, there was an interviewee which didn’t use YouTube on a regular basis at all. However, he did use it in some circumstances which did help the research project.
The interviews create a better understanding of the various YouTube videos and channels that students use to avoid doing the set work from their courses. The research shows the variety in channels being viewed, e.g. Beauty channels like “Zoella”, comedy channels, “wood carving” and “Bob Ross”. The interviews also discussed how some university students procrastinate and how much they do so on YouTube, most used YouTube and other social media websites, however a participant didn’t use YouTube as much and would only use in certain circumstances. The project shows the differences in the usage of YouTube for procrastination and usage in general.