Like any other emotional, lazy, short-minded, high school teenager, I spend all my spare time browsing the Internet. Things like blogging, tweeting, Instagraming, liking and following are all part of a daily routine for most people my age. But with me, it’s a bit different.
Now, here comes the part where I have to confess something to you: I am an addict. I’m not addicted to drugs or drinking, but I am addicted to something a lot more dangerous that leads me down to a much darker path.
I am addicted to the Internet. For addiction to drugs and drinking, there’s rehab, but for people like me there’s no help. And the fact that there’s access to the Internet practically anywhere doesn’t make it any easier.
I’m not much of a Tumblr or Facebook person, but YouTube is my weakness. It’s the answer to all my problems. For those of you who have a life, being a YouTube addict is like getting sucked into a black hole of cat videos and twerking fails.
But along my journey down this black hole, I found a light at the end of the tunnel. YouTube is so much more than Miley Cyrus and screaming goats. I need the world to know about a wonderful group of “YouTubers” who aren’t as well known as Jenna Marbles or College Humor. So let me give you some doses of happiness. No charge.
If you’re lacking quirkiness in your life, this is a YouTuber you should get hooked on. Not only is he the definition of fabulous, but he also does work in charity. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Tyler Oakely. Tyler Oakley worships celebrities, but, in reality, he is a celebrity. You either love him or hate him. There is no in between.
Tyler started making videos for YouTube in September 2007, and has blossomed into a majestic flower that loves Lady Gaga and One Direction more than any other pre-teen girl you will ever meet. When he’s not making content for YouTube, he’s out and about being a professional fan.
Tyler has more than 4.1 million subscribers and many more loyal fans. His videos consist of collaborations, questionnaires, random life advice and challenges. Each video leaves your cheeks hurting from smiling and laughing so much. If there’s anyone who’s more addicted to the Internet than me, it’s Tyler Oakley. He’s pretty much like a 5-foot, 5-inch human version of Tumblr.
Ray William Johnson
There’s something about this gnome of a man that’s funny. He’s not funny because he makes good jokes; he’s funny because he makes bad jokes — the kind of jokes you made in middle school but still get a chuckle out of anytime someone says them.
Ray William Johnson’s Channel, =3 (Equals Three), includes Ray reviewing three viral videos of the week.
It’s a mix of viral videos and blogging, a combination that has never been so successful before, but somehow he pulled it off. Ray William Johnson has more than 10.8 million subscribers! That’s only 2 million subscribers fewer than Jenna Marbles!
After being successful in =3, Ray started making music videos called “Your Favorite Martian,” which was an animated version of his band that produced hilarious songs.
Ray even started doing podcasts, which are also quite successful and are a lot more mature than his previous videos.
Ray’s channel includes comedy, politics and a few celebrity guests. Just this month, Ray stopped uploading =3 videos. But trust me, there’s plenty to watch.
Jus Reign, also known as Jasmeet Singh, is a Punjabi YouTuber who lives in Toronto. In most of his videos he speaks Punjabi but he adds in English subtitles.
His videos are weird. Like, they are really weird. So weird that you love them and can’t stop watching them. The jokes he makes are original and somewhat relatable. Although he’s Asian-Indian, has a beard and wears a turban, he is very “Western.”
Most of his videos are little skits that he and his friends act out. But he also uploads amazing music videos that he makes. Jus Reign has more than 217,000 subscribers and honestly deserves more.
If you are a non-Indian human being, I would still recommend you to watch his videos. Actually, watch three. It takes awhile to get over how different he is.
Stuart Edge is another overnight YouTube sensation. He uploads prank videos and street magic videos. Unlike most pranksters, Stuart Edge does pranks that make a person’s day, not pranks that ruin their day.
Watching his videos makes you want to go out and socialize and, for someone who is constantly on my laptop, it’s kind of a big deal. He uploads videos like reverse pickpocketing, which just warms your heart and makes you want to go out and give to others.
With more than 1.7 million subscribers, Stuart Edge inspires others to change lives while making them laugh.
Jack and Finn Harries
Jack and Finn are twin brothers who have a YouTube Channel called JacksGap. It started off with Jack just making videos for fun and later developed into Jack and Finn’s Channel.
They make random videos about their travels to different countries and the charity work they are involved in.
Besides their travel videos, Jack and Finn also upload video blogs once in a while about their daily lives to keep their viewers updated.
Out of all the YouTubers I watch, JacksGap has the best quality and editing to it — not to mention the fact that they are also British.
So, there you have it.
You are now five steps closer to becoming a YouTube addict. There are a lot more YouTubers I love and would recommend, but I now need to go catch up on my Twitter page.
• Jasmine Randhawa is a senior at East Valley High School and a member of Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed journalism program for high school students.