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YouTube Becoming The "Go To" For Learning How to Do Things


DENISON, TX -- For most us important lessons in life are handed down by our parents, but the growing popularity of an online phenomena is changing the way we learn how to do things.      

While a professional handyman is always going to be your best bet at fixing a tough problem, more and more people are taking matters into their own hands because of the availability of free online tutorial videos.

From home repair to dance lessons, rarely do you come across a problem these days that hasn't already been dealt with by someone somewhere, recorded, and then posted on YouTube.  

If you've got the right tools and an Internet connection, you can tackle almost any problem that comes your way.    

"In just the last couple of months I've used YouTube to learn how to do a number of things like installing floor panels in the house, changing the ram in my computer, measuring myself for a tux, changing out my water heater, changing the oil on my specific model of car.  I even learned a few dance moves."

YouTube is a video sharing website that was created in 2005 from the simple need of one person wanting to show another person a video. It immediately exploded and by 2006 it was receiving 100 million views a day.  

Today, in 2013, it's the 3rd most visited site on the web behind Google and Facebook and it's impact can be felt in all reaches of life.

"I use it in lots of ways," said Grayson College Psychology Professor Carla Fanning.  "I use it to relate to them.  If I have to give them a definition that's one thing.   But, if I can give them a YouTube video that shows it, that's wonderful."

Fanning says YouTube has become an essential part of her classroom experience.  "Back when I taught before we had VHS tapes and you had to roll in a TV.  But, we're so lucky now that we have this multimedia aspect where you can seamlessly go from a PowerPoint to a YouTube video, to anything you want to show.  So, I try to use that and I think it engages the students more. And it gets them talking more."  

Students on campus have mixed emotions about the site, but agree that it's a powerful learning tool.  "Personally I believe the how-to videos are a good thing," said James Rhoton, Grayson College student.  

"I think it's really good because there's a lot of students that need hands-on learning and visual as well.  And when there able to actually see what they're working with and hear it as well, I think it's a great way for them to expand upon that," said Avery Chester, student.

"I actually used the how-to video on how to change your oil, and it was actually very helpful," said Cody Stayton, student.

"I think it's overused.  And anything in moderation is ok, but you need to have it in moderation.  You can't just use it for everything," said Poindexter, student.

How-to videos have become so popular that now parody how-to's are starting to pop up like this one on how to make a fruit salad.  "slam slam slam" (man smashing fruit with fist)

There's even a how-to video on how to search for how-to videos.

YouTube has only been around for eight years and while some still believe reading a book is the best means of education, the learning benefits of sites like YouTube are undeniable.  

Just ask this guy.  He love's YouTube.  "I wuv woo," said Mishka the dog.

YouTube was founded by three former PayPal employees and funded with an $11 million dollar loan.

The company is now estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars.