Human beings are naturally curious and sociable creatures. We love to engage with other individuals and create a society around shared ideas and opinions that subsequently become “norms.” Yet, as society grows, trends and “norms” change. Therefore, people of different socio-economic classes, ethnic backgrounds, and ages might react to the same stimuli very differently. In particular, age gaps result in varied reactions to the same media…and the results are often extremely amusing.
Due to the fact that different generations of people are brought up with different ideas about right and wrong, it is also often very amusing to see the reactions of older people when they are presented with pop culture phenomenon of present day youth. TheFineBros recognized the comic potential for this and they started a series on YouTube called “Elders React.” In each episode a group of older people are asked to sit in front of a camera and watch a video. The videos are always different but they regularly pertain to some kind of youth culture (such as the controversial “tweaking” dance or violent video games) that elders were most likely unfamiliar with before viewing the video. As they watch the video, the elder’s reactions are recorded—often with hilarious results.
Yet elders are not the only age group whose reactions are recorded. TheFineBros channel also airs series called “Teens React” and “Kids React” which records the reactions of the younger generations on specific media. The reactions of young people are often as humorous as the reactions of older people—which are somewhat akin to the reason why Betty White’s prank show “Off Their Rockers,” that features older people pranking younger ones, works so well (see video).
With all the videos and media available online there is bound to be some things that have the capability to truly shock, disturb and amuse us. By recording people’s reactions on YouTube others can get a chuckle and perhaps react the same way—abet off camera. The “Question and Answers” segment after every reaction round helps to explain what the people thought of the video and why they reacted the way that they did.
The “React” series is highly amusing and psychology majors will find it particularly interesting. To see the videos visit TheFineBros channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros/videos