As a therapist, I try to keep up with my clients interests. I think that it really helps to understand someone’s life through the media that they enjoy as well as what is currently going on in their life. I decided to watch a few of the Youtubers that are popular right now with teenagers to see what makes them so popular. It was rather concerning and a bit enlightening.
As a 40-something therapist, I can see the mental health side of the streams and I have some concern for the content that is popular lately. I would encourage viewers of each of the streams to figure out what emotion they want to feel by watching and figure out the many other ways that they can accomplish this and have a balance between all of their interests in their life. I will start with the ones that gave me a bit of hope and were uplifting rather than over the top positive. Then, I will cover the ones that I would be concerned about if my 16-year-old watched them regularly.
The first Channel that I watched was Mr. Beast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6OQ3DkcsbYNE6H8uQQuVA
He is mischievous, sets up challenges and from what I saw, is mostly healthy and does some giveaways that are kind.
Then I heard about the Yes Theory guys: https://www.youtube.com/user/PracProcrastination
They do videos about going towards your dreams and having fun adventures. There is some adrenaline junkie content, but overall seems good.
I watched the most recognized Gamer, Ninja: https://www.youtube.com/user/NinjasHyper
He plays games ALOT. He says some funny commentary and is mostly appropriate. As a parent, I wouldn’t mind if my kid watched him.
I watched Lexi Hensler: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-O9o5coq8iFSVthivq__tw/videos She had fun with her friends and the videos are mischevious games that she plays with them.
My kids watch PopularMMOS and GamingwithJen, also known as Pat and Jen: https://www.youtube.com/user/PopularMMOs They play mostly Minecraft with each other and have fun exploring mods. They are rather wholesome, but Pat can be mean to Jen sometimes.
Onto the Youtubers that I thought that their content was more offensive than entertaining:
I started with Dellor: https://www.youtube.com/user/dellor21 He is famous for having an anger problem and breaking things over his head. If this is what you are looking for, you have found your guy. He has gone through some mental health issues over the last year and I have compassion for the guy. He swears regularly and talks trash frequently.
Then I went on to Soup: https://www.youtube.com/user/liquidmetall711 He games with his friends who make gay jokes, racist jokes and sexist jokes. He is known for being an example of the typical offensive teenager.
Next up was Shroud, a Youtube Gamer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoz3Kpu5lv-ALhR4h9bDvcw He plays a few of the latest games with his friends. They seem healthy with a moderate amount of swearing and a bit of trash talking and mocking of others.
Last, I will cover JoshDub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DhHqGoAn0A He and his friends have fun in VR Chat. It is moderately funny content until it gets into meanness and gay jokes, moderate swearing.