Reflection point: Usability, Accessibility, and Ethics

I turn to YouTube for everything. If I need to replace a bulb in my car, I turn to YouTube. When I want to learn how to get fit, I turn to YouTube. When I want to learn how to put makeup on, I turn to YouTube. You get the point.

But is YouTube for everyone?

My answer to this is, YES!

YouTube is super convenient to use. The interface is simple and everything is labeled that you won’t have a problem navigating around the page. They also have short cuts to subscribe to channels and share videos via links or other social media outlets. They even have video suggestions catered to each individual member based on their video trends. The best part? IT’S FREE!

But really, is YouTube for everyone?


YouTube provides special settings for individuals that have different needs . For example, there’s a setting option that increases or decreases the speed of a video. I used a similar setting for my UX Academy’s video lecture. Being tight on time, I doubled the speed of the video by selecting the “2x” option and I finished the lecture in only half the expected time, while being able to retain the information better than when it was on normal speed! It’s all about preference, and YouTube makes that option accessible and easy for their users.

Can’t see too well?

You can change the quality of the video and you can also enlarge the video to fit full screen.

Can’t hear too well?

Look at all those options! You can add subtitles to the videos and also choose the font options for the captions as well.

YouTube is great! It’s easy to use. It’s easy to learn. And it’s fun to watch/listen to the variety to content it has! :)

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