Does anyone else avoid Gaping Soyface thumbnail videos?

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Is it weird that I had to google to find what kind of thumbnail OP means? And even after doing so, I have to say I have never seen a thumbnail like that on Youtube.
 

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The men depicted in said videos, the middle 30 something age male, with a bald head or baldening, trimmed beard, wears glasses, always shown with an excited gaping jaw next to whatever product they are excited about, and are often married but don't have kids. Extremely obsessive over anything marvel, star wars, and nintendo. And always have a huge funko pop collection. I think the whole soyboy part was added after to show them as being effement.

I know several people personally just like that. It is a real sterotype, alot of them used to be hipsters which has fallen out of trend now.
The only thing worse than a person obsessed by all things Disney is a person who is obsessed with people who are obsessed with all things Disney. In other words, the incels creating these videos are much bigger losers than people who happen to enjoy any given hobby or staple of pop culture. Can't just let people live their own lives for whatever reason.
 
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I don't give a flying fuck about being "based and redpilled" or a "soyboy".

Whenever I find a thumbnail with some middle-aged Gaping Dragon lookin' ass screeching at his Nintendo Switch or shitty funko pops, there's a mathematical certainty that I won't enjoy the content in the video. That's all.
 

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Analysis of billions upon billions of clicks has shown that thumbnails featuring a prominent face with an exaggerated facial expression draws the most clicks/views, [...]
Sad but true, and most viewers are morons/kids/those on the friend zone, leftovers, and so on.

Stupidity is natural in humans, and they have proved that no designer can create anything stupid-proof, they always find the way to ruin it.

Myself, I just ignore them, they need to do those stupid facial expressions to draw attention at the lack of real talent, the real bad thing is that YT's stupid algorithm tries to populate the main homepage with them, and that shows how interested they are in ads, instead of content of good quality.
 

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Vapid, algorithm-exploiting thumbnails are not exclusive to one gender, mind you. Let's not forget the "reply girl" era of YouTube.
 

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To add to my previous point. I thought the OP was talking about the "shocked face + text" trend in YouTube thumbnails, and I was commenting on that. I didn't know he fell for the le soi meme.

On the topic of gaping faces attracting clicks:



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Oh, and have you seen the "clickbait YT thumbnail remover" plugin? It replaces the thumbnails that YouTube gives you with a screenshot from the video:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/clickbait-remover-for-youtube/
 
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I have no clue what most of this thread is. I will not inform myself about it.
Basically the myth that low testosterone levels correlates to a lower sperm count wich can be seen as less manly, also the belief that substances like soy can cause testosterone levels to lower which as mentioned above is seen as less masculine, hence why soy boy is used as an insult.

This is not true by the way, no official authority has ever proven this link and as far as I recall it all stemed thanks to a paper from the 90s that said high consumption of soy MAY lower T levels IN SHEEP.

Hbomberguy made an exelent video explaining all this although I can't link it right now, just search "hbomb soy boy" on youtube,
 
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Just something I'd noticed had crept out of the gamer side of youtube to more cerebral avenues I frequent. Found it quite surprising as the idea of such folks gurning for a thumbnail is quite ridiculous. And yet they do.



Yes, it does seem to be a race to the bottom. But like everyones heard in their childhood "If they all jumped off a bridge would you?" This lemming mentality is quite strange and it shows a very corrosive side of the net viz social impact that many would rather not talk about.

I never said Soy lowers T but you knew exactly what I meant. The Soyface with the large open mouth is actually a symbol of submission of being lower in the social hierarchy among primates and the Alpha they're deferring to by default has higher testosterone ergo low T Soyface, if you want the drawn out explanation.




Personally I'm not. Socially the downward trend of T levels and associated factors of masculinity have been on a decline for a while and anyone who is in the business of charting patterns and trends needs to keep up with all aspects and facets of this to continually win. Just another observation.

What is interesting is that this "Nu Male" phenomenon (and its counterpart of the Masculinized Woman) is seeming to become the defacto standard. This video captures the essence of the observation quite well:


Also amusing how this demograph makes up most of the noise you hear on social media as they're always outraged about something and want someone to do something about it as they tap angirly from behind a screen in their underwear whilst eating Cheetos.


To expand the scope of the thread, we're seeing a whole lot of craziness being normalized and even more interesting is how anyone who has an opinion that differs in any way shape or form is labelled a nasty person and attacked as the baying crowd of social rejects with net connections scream for more. Its quite weird really and hard to miss once you've seen it and it seems to be capturing more minds every day.

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Argument void.

Anyway, I tend to avoid them too because I think it looks ridiculous. With the only exception being Linus Tech Tips.
 

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No, just you.

Seriously, why are you so concerned with other mens' testosterone levels?
Think of it this way, if a group of psychopaths were to come after you for whatever reason, who would you rather have backing you up? A man-bitch in a dress that would run away like a lady in the sight of danger or Rambo?
 

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Click bait thumb nails are annoying, but sadly, they actually do help out a lot with views.
 

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Think of it this way, if a group of psychopaths were to come after you for whatever reason, who would you rather have backing you up? A man-bitch in a dress that would run away like a lady in the sight of danger or Rambo?
Why not a large strong woman? Or a bulk dude in a dress? What about a bodybuilder trans woman? Why not a group of friends? How can I trust the "Rambo" isn't going to be the one who runs away? Why would I even be in this position in the first place? Seriously, what even is your example?
 

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Why not a large strong woman? Or a bulk dude in a dress? What about a bodybuilder trans woman? Why not a group of friends? How can I trust the "Rambo" isn't going to be the one who runs away? Why would I even be in this position in the first place? Seriously, what even is your example?
I could say the same to your "examples". Large strong woman reminds me of that one chick in Shock Troopers, and bulk dude in a dress reminds me of Joseph Joestar from JJBA part 2, but we neither live in video game land or anime/manga land unfortunately, this is reality.
 

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Think of it this way, if a group of psychopaths were to come after you for whatever reason, who would you rather have backing you up? A man-bitch in a dress that would run away like a lady in the sight of danger or Rambo?
I want the man-bitch in a dress. I don't trust Rambo to give me after care.
 
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