Where does YouTube loop come from?
Although one has been able to set a YouTube video to replay (or loop) itself since January 2016, the phenomenon of getting caught in a YouTube loop has surely been around since the video platform was launched in February 2005. The phrase can be found on social media as early as 2008.
Here’s how it works. YouTube suggests content users may be interested based on what they have previously watched, and starting in 2010, it began autoplaying these videos. Watch one video of bizarre Japanese gameshow stunts or someone crafting, and then another, and then another—and boom, two hours have passed.
OMG… getting into a YouTube loop… got to break free!!! YouTube should be banned, too addicting!
— Maarten Peschier (@MaartenFM) July 21, 2008
YouTube loops have gotten weirder when you consider videos can loop a single video for hours and hours. And yes, people have: you can listen to Darth Vader breathing on loop for 10 hours.
Examples of YouTube loop
Who uses YouTube loop?
The phrase YouTube loop is usually used in a self-deprecating manner, with people talking about how they got sucked or caught into a YouTube loop watching amusing but ultimately pointless content, all after trying to complete a quick task online.
FIGURED OUT HOW TO LOOP A YOUTUBE SO IT JUST DOES THE SAME SONG OVER AND OVER
NOW I FEEL GREAT
— soncharm (@soncharm) August 29, 2018
We might consider YouTube loop a perfect expression for the internet age: it’s issued in complaint over our own lack of productivity and yet serves as an acknowledgment that we just can’t help ourselves.
Just got caught in a #youtubeloop for the past 3 hours… I need to lay down lol
— melancholy methuselah (@cjeezytaughtme) October 28, 2010
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