In the hands of an ape, a smartphone is just a brick

May 23, 2015

My friend hates youtube.
Because it’s full of trash. And he doesn’t watch trash.

I was surprised to hear this.
Because I’m on youtube nearly every day. And it is the single most important thing that’s changed my life.

How could this be?

I realized he was using youtube incorrectly,
like an ape smashing bugs with an iphone.

Youtube is full of amazing things.
Ted Talks. Commencement speeches.
Long form interviews of all my heroes.
Music. Motivational clips. Stand up comedy.
Regular people sharing things they’ve learned.
Like cooking tutorials. How to fix a broken table. How to overcome depression.
There are even videos of hot girls twerking.

Abraham Maslow said:
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

In the case of my friend, he only sees nails.
And treats every tool as a hammer.