I love youtube. I hate how quickly my time disappears when I’m browsing through it. Once upon a time, I could open up the site, find something to watch during my break, and then leave. This is more difficult now, and it is a result Thoughtful choices by the YouTube design team. They want people to stay around, so they’ve added all kinds of features to increase the odds of continuing to watch videos (instead of doing my job like, like). This includes playing another video automatically after watching it, a sidebar full of attractive links, comments I can’t resist scrolling through, and much more.
It makes sense for YouTube to do this – and it’s in their best interest that I stay on the site. But it is not in my best interest to do so. So, I’ve taken some steps to make those tempting pages less addictive – consider making these changes yourself.
Turn off autoplay
YouTube is designed to play another video after the current video ends. The idea is that you’ll keep watching, which is exactly what you don’t want. This is why the first change you should make – and I can’t recommend this enough – is to turn off autoplay.
You will find a file Auto start button To the left of the closed comment button below any video you watch online. In the app, you may need to tap on the video to bring it up, but you’ll see it in the top right corner. Either way, just press the toggle switch to turn it off. It will still be locked to your device, although you may need to repeat the process if you are using a new device.
Go straight to your subscriptions or video library
The YouTube homepage uses a notorious algorithm to show you which videos you’re most likely to watch — a category that may or may not be the videos you actually want to watch. Who among us has not, after clicking on an eye-catching link on the homepage, felt the need to take a shower right after watching, only to watch more of the same? It’s not a great feeling.
That’s why I recommend skipping the YouTube homepage entirely and heading straight to the subscriptions page instead – there’s a link to Subscriptions In the right sidebar of the YouTube homepage (click the button three lines in the upper left corner if you don’t see it), and at the bottom of the screen in the app. Here you will see a list of all the videos uploaded by the channels you have decided to follow. It’s a much cleaner experience, and one that’s less likely to send you down a rabbit hole. Just watch a video you care about, from someone you know you love, and move on with your day. The simplest thing to do is to bookmark the subscriptions page, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/feed/subscriptionsand use that when you want to watch YouTube videos.
Another page worth knowing is Library, which will show you all the videos you’ve watched recently. The link should be near the subscriptions. This is a great way to find a long video you started on one device and want to finish on another. It’s also a good way to review the types of videos you’ve watched recently, just to get a feel for how much time you spend watching things.
Prevent distracting elements
The above tips will help you a little, but the YouTube interface is still full of potential distractions. Enters ZenTube, a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari. It is open source and maintained by volunteers, which means you can trust it to be free of scams and ads. The extension can block all the things that make YouTube a distracting place.
By default, it hides all comments, thumbnails, video recommendations, and avatars. The result looks empty, and that’s the point—if there are no compelling visuals on the page, there’s nothing to click reflexively. If you’d rather not disable everything, don’t worry—you can toggle any of the features back on if that’s your preference. Play with it – you’ll reduce the casual amount of time you spend on the website.
YouTube, at its best, is a place you can go to for a specific purpose. which may be To see the instructionsOr it could be for some quick entertainment. Taking the actions I’ve outlined here increases the likelihood that YouTube will only use the specific things you’ve opened them for, without having to break down rabbit hole of distraction.
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