Giving thanks to an internet site might seem odd, but out of the billions of sites out in the world, YouTube has created something that’s truly special. YouTube has created communities of support that are honest and personal.
YouTubers, or celebrities who’ve made their career on YouTube, have found the website to be a sanctuary where they can share their personal problems. To many of them it was a leap of faith to reveal themselves to the unforgiving lands of the internet, but it turned out to become a forum of like-minded individuals who needed each other for support.
YouTubers like Phillip DeFranco have not only built a career, but also a community on the site. DeFranco, as an example, has matured alongside his viewers to the point that he proposed to his longtime girlfriend in front of millions of his viewers at a live event.
Other YouTubers have created similar communities, but in this time there are some who have created support for victims of bullying. Many of these individuals have suffered and shared their personal stories, but have carried a burden to pull through and make their videos to show other individuals that it does get better.
YouTubers have become a symbol of hope and support in the cruel and unforgiving internet. Whenever I’m down and feel like I can’t rise up, I remember that somewhere on that website is someone just like me and they pulled through.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for YouTube and the support it provides to those who need it.