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What do people get out of filming their normal days and publicising it?

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Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:03:18

I’ve seen this sort of thing on YouTube but this is prompted by a video I’ve just seen. A local news page has posted a time lapse video of a wealthy local woman (who appears to have shares in Ikea) going through her normal routine of looking after her twins. I’m not sure why it’s “news”, but I’m even less sure why she filmed it, let alone posted it anywhere. It’s just a very normal day. Wake babies, change babies, feed babies, get dressed, go to park, have lunch, put babies to sleep, work out (in home gym!) take in laundry, pick daddy up, have dinner, put babies to bed. That’s it. A perfectly normal day in the life of a SAHM. (Made ten times easier by the huge space and gardens of her home, and all the play equipment they have.) Why would anyone video that and think others would want to see it?

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AntennaReborn Wed 22-Jul-20 14:05:06

Because a lot of people feel validated by how many views and likes they get 🤷🏻‍♀️

Redcrayons Wed 22-Jul-20 14:07:56

Look at meeeeeeeeeeeee!

One of my friends daughters does ‘haul’ videos of ordinary stuff from B&M and Superdrug. I feel like I’m 107 when she posts them.

Babs709 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:09:37

Nothing to add except that it also baffles me (and slightly pisses me off for some reason!)

GreyishDays Wed 22-Jul-20 14:09:45

Isn’t the question more “why do people watch this?”.

ComDummings Wed 22-Jul-20 14:09:59

They want attention and validation. I get why people do it. I don’t get why people watch it though? Escapism I suppose.

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:14:34


Isn’t the question more “why do people watch this?”.

Yes this too.

As for why I watched the video. The news page had a caption along the lines of “think you’re busy? check out this.” So I was expecting something incredibly amazing to happen. Not sure what exactly. But it was just a very mundane day of looking after Dc that happens in every other house every day.

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doadeer Wed 22-Jul-20 14:15:41

But people love to watch made in Chelsea, only way is Essex, geordie shore, kaedashians etc which are all people going about their lives (however contrived) so clearly people do enjoy watching this though I agree it's odd!

Andthewinnerislucky Wed 22-Jul-20 14:18:00

Why would anyone video that and think others would want to see it?

Because some people do want to see it judging by the vast number of views/people who watch/subscribe to these things. Demand and supply....there's a "market" for everyone.

I've given up trying to figure it out because you can't. People like what they like and that's okay. Personally, I don't watch or follow anyone. MN is my only social media.

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:18:14

Ahh but all those shows are very drama heavy. I don’t watch them but have seen some of them in the past. They’re all staged to entertain. Arguments, cheating, marriages etc. They’re very much not just normal day to day life.

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NameChange84 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:21:04

I think it’s mixture of;

a way of making themselves immortal, by recording the fact they lived. Similar to Victorians and photography around that time.

Seeking validation, an audience, a need to be seen and not be invisible.

Narcissism. A need to make others inspired/jealous/just for any reaction at all.

Psychologically I find it fascinating. But no way would I sit watching this shit.

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 14:32:01

Seeking validation, an audience, a need to be seen and not be invisible.

I think this could be it. Particularly if the woman worked before kids and has lost that whole aspect of their life. There’s no-one crediting you for a job well done when you’re at home with babies. Possibly also a boredom element.

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Lexilooo Wed 22-Jul-20 14:37:38

Also because being an influencer is aspirational and has the potential to earn freebies and even advertising revenue. So people start videoing stuff in an attempt to become an influencer

SleepingStandingUp Wed 22-Jul-20 14:40:38

Meh i have screamy twins, a 5 yo and no space, watching someone live better version of my life sounds depressing.

It's just neediness pandered to by nosiness

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 15:04:06

Yes that’s kind of my point sleeping. This woman is probably raising twins in just about the easiest circumstances it’s possible to raise them, other than having a nanny to help her, (there was someone else with her at the park but I assumed a friend) which judging by her home, she could easily afford. The fact she doesn’t have a nanny suggests she isn’t finding raising her twins too hard. So what’s the point of her video? confused there are so many raising children in much harder circumstances than she is. I can’t see what is to praise about what she is doing.

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ballsdeep Wed 22-Jul-20 15:05:03

It's ridiculously self obsessed!

Toblerone345 Wed 22-Jul-20 16:44:33

They know there are plenty of saddos like me out there who'll watch the videos! I wonder how many of them go into because they see it as a way to potentially make money at some point down the line and how many of them do it for some other reason.

AfterSchoolWorry Wed 22-Jul-20 16:47:56

Their channels are monetized, 'day in the life' videos can get big views.

Andthewinnerislucky Wed 22-Jul-20 17:04:19

What do people get out of filming their normal days and publicising it?

Free products from brands and sometimes fans/followers.
Self importance
Self esteem via external validation
Busyness/Lack of boredom
So many things....

Iwalkinmyclothing Wed 22-Jul-20 17:13:20

There was a community on lj way back called something like a day in the life, and members would do a photojournal of their day on a particular date. It was really interesting tbh, and none of them were ever particularly exciting days where loads happened. It was just little peeks into normal lives.

Why do people write diaries or autobiographies or blogs or have Instagram or snapchat or facebook?

Anyway, in the current age some people become millionaires through filming their kids opening toys or themselves playing computer games, it's not hard to see why people might want in on the fame and fortune. Not my cup of tea but given all the actual shit happening in the world, not something I can get all that worked up over either.

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 17:18:16

They know there are plenty of saddos like me out there who'll watch the videos!

Ok, what is it you enjoy about watching it? The video I saw is just a very ordinary day that is repeated up and down the country in every home with small children. but sped up. Is it that you don’t have children so like watching what its like?

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TheLightSideOfTheMoon Wed 22-Jul-20 17:22:16

I quite enjoy the odd 'haul' video.

Also enjoy time-lapse videos of people tidying up.

Am I a freak?

Smallsteps88 Wed 22-Jul-20 17:28:38

Tidying up videos I can understand. Something happens I those. You see the before, and you see the after. You see how they achieve it and they are a bit of motivation if your own house needs cleaned.

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BarbedBloom Wed 22-Jul-20 17:35:05

I watch things like this. I can't have children and I like watching what day to day life might have been like. Plus, I like people watching in general, I love sitting outside with a drink sometimes and just watching people go about their lives.

It can make huge amounts of money too. Vlogs are huge on YouTube and get massive views. Vlogmas is one of my favourite times on YouTube.

Kpo58 Wed 22-Jul-20 17:43:30

I think that some people watch these videos to see what life is like in other countries. Raising twins in the UK may be very different to raising them in China, India or Uganda and people like to see what life is like in other cultures.

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