Since it’s creation in 2005 YouTube has been a platform for people of any age, race, or sex, to post their creative content online. From reviews, to how to video’s, nothing is off limits. YouTube has gotten so popular that big corporations, like AT&T, have begun paying creators to advertise their products in the videos they post. In the last month, over 1.8 billion people have watched videos on YouTube. Most of those viewers are millennial and college-aged people. There’s power in numbers.
Some creators on YouTube get millions of views on a single video. This can be very beneficial to people who are looking for information. Autoimmune diseases aren’t talked about as much as other diseases and many people have misconceptions about what they are. A few creators on YouTube have used their success on the platform to educate people about autoimmune diseases.
Buzzfeed is a channel on YouTube with 15 million subscribers. Each week they post a video of a skit, an employee trying a new food or place, and other millennial kinds of videos. There is an employee by the name of Zach who works at Buzzfeed. He is part of a series on the channel that tries various activities. Zach is known for his funny personality and his upbeat attitude. However, he sat down for a series video to talk about his autoimmune disease.
Zach has an autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis. This is an autoimmune disease that affects only 1% of people in the United States. It’s an autoimmune disease that is most commonly found in men and attacks the spine. It also reduces flexibility in the spine eventually results in a hunched-forward posture. Pain in the back and joints are also common.
During the video you follow Zach in his journey from symptoms, to testing, to finally being diagnosed. He starts the video off by explaining his symptoms and how he doesn’t know what’s wrong with him. He explains that his doctors have been blowing him off telling him it’s just regular back pain. Then he decided to take measures into his own hands and gets himself tested. After several forms of testing, he gets his diagnosis. His message for his video is to never stop fighting for your health because at the end you need to be your biggest advocate.
Zach’s video and the message behind it is extremely important for college students to remember. When you’re in college you’re on your own for the first time. You don’t have your parents making you go to the doctor when you don’t feel good. So if you keep experiencing symptoms that are out of the ordinary, and that isn’t going away find your nearest doctor. Explain what you’re feeling and be persistent. Videos like Zach’s are just one of the millions of helpful videos about autoimmune diseases. YouTube videos give you a chance to visually watch a message. It also gives you a human perspective of the diseases. Anyone can read some symptoms and try to understand a disease, but when you watch a video about someone who is actually experiencing it can be much more helpful. That can help someone understand the disease on a personal level.
There’s power in numbers. Over 1.8 billion people are watching YouTube videos Most of those are the upcoming generation. If more people see videos like the one Zach made, the more people will know about autoimmune diseases.