Procrastinating Researcher

Written by: Isabelle Roberge

Everyone knows procrastination in their life. For a time it can be enjoyable, but then it gets rather stressful. For students in university the latter of the statement is increasingly true. In a survey of student populations is was found that 85-95 % of students have problems involving procrastination (Gaille, 2013). Being a student myself I know this to be all too true. What does this have to do with a podcast you may ask? Especially a podcast about Makeup on YouTube? Well, procrastination can be involved with anything someone does. When you do a podcast about something so in the public eye like YouTube, it’s easy to think that no research is involved. It’s easy to fall behind. When some of the research that needs to be conducted is by watching YouTube videos, it becomes very easy to get distracted. With an average of 4.95 billion videos being viewed every day, one (and by one I mean me) can get distracted and then wind up having your assignment, which has barely been started, be do the next day (Statistics Brain, 2015). What does procrastination have to do with research? Well it gets in the way of it. “Unfortunately, no ‘gold standard’ intervention exists” to cure one of the burden that is procrastination (Glick and Orsillo, 2015). The research process for my topic however, (which is looking at Makeup Artists on YouTube and how the making of YouTube videos has become a job) is a bit more straight forward than other topics. Since information pertaining to my topic can easily be gather by going to the site that is the focal point of my research. Procrastination. It is the bane of every student’s existence, and will continue to be for as long as there are students to learn.

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