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  • Hi! I'm Dave from Boyinaband!

  • Recently, I was looking around the Internet

  • when I found a video telling me "You are not depressed!" "Stop it!"

  • with an angry looking guy in the thumbnail

  • who I recognised

  • This is Prince Ea

  • He's a Youtuber and rapper

  • who has more recently started making content which is motivating and inspiring

  • according to himself

  • You've probably seen some of the more successful stuff on Facebook

  • His spoken word videos have gone freakin' crazy viral

  • Now at first glance, it looks like he's spreading a good message

  • but underneath the surface there are some really fundamental things he's doing

  • which struck me as seriously dodgy

  • and watching the video behind the angry thumbnail pushed me over the edge

  • so today I'm calling out Prince EA on several things I think he's doing wrong

  • First, that video

  • okay so it´s obvious clickbait and that's understandable

  • we've all gotta do what we gotta do

  • tocompetewithbuzzfeed

  • youknowwhatI'msayin

  • But the problem I have is within the content

  • Did he just say that?

  • I'm so mad I'm seriously going to go off on this guy in the comments

  • How did he know?

  • Okay I'm gonna have to stop you there

  • No. Depression does not always go

  • See it looks like you're mixing up this wikipedia page with this one

  • "depressed" can be a mood like sadness or frustration

  • but "depressed" can also refer to major depressive

  • pffffrickinghair

  • major depressive disorder

  • a mental disorder people are genetically predisposed to

  • I'll let this professor from Stanford University explain it

  • It's a biochemical disorder with a genetic component

  • in early experience influences

  • where somebody can't appreciate sunsets

  • and that's what this disease is about

  • Seriously well worth watching the full thing

  • small Hagrid has some great insight

  • so let's see what else Prince has to say

  • If you have to tell someone something is life changing

  • then it probably isn't that life changing

  • Okay I get what you're trying to say

  • if you treat your emotions and thoughts as if you were a passive observer

  • you're more likely to be able to live with them

  • this is at the core of a type of scientifically backed therapy

  • which my therapist did called ACT

  • I actually e-mailed one of the people who created the therapy

  • Steven Hayes sent me a bunch of studies with evidence of it being effective

  • but there are a lot of people who are stuck with brains that do not let their sadness go

  • and this is why this part of his video is so problematic

  • For those people who have the mental disorder

  • it's like saying to someone in the middle of a heart attack

  • 'You don't have heart attacks

  • you may be experiencing a heart attack

  • but you do not have heart attacks

  • heart attacks come...

  • they go....'

  • And judging from the comments it's not just me who felt strongly about this

  • In fact one of his fans uploaded a response video which really explained this well

  • First of all thank you

  • for

  • being an increadible force for change

  • it's fantastic but uhm

  • dude if this is depression

  • and you had been in my house yesterday

  • I would have thrown the fucking thing at you

  • it's not a choice that people make

  • it's a shift in perception that's caused by

  • or has it's basis in biochemistry

  • What you're saying now I think almost even errs on the side of being a little bit dangerous for folks [hard to hear, someone please check]

  • But I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt

  • maybe he just messed up once with this topic

  • until I found another video where he mentions the same concept

  • with some more mistakes

  • See this world we live in it creates depression

  • For the mood: yes.

  • For the mental illness: no.

  • Sunsets

  • This is where the damaging part comes in

  • See everybody suffers from depression

  • There's always this little voice between the lines there of "Come on, pull yourself together"

  • "we all deal with this sort of thing"

  • This video is going to encourage that voice in depressed people

  • which makes them feel inadequate

  • everyone else has a come and go but not me

  • That's the kind of thing that could contribute to the statisticky reference at the start of this video

  • Did you know that in ten years

  • depression will be the leading cause of death

  • Hang on, really?

  • Even over heart disease or cancer?

  • That seems really freaking high

  • let me check your sources

  • oh wait, there isn't one

  • wait is it here?

  • no what about under here

  • behind this?

  • HERE?

  • WHETHEHELLISIT?

  • and this is the next problem

  • The guy references studies all over the place

  • I read a study yesterday

  • Studies show the

  • There was a study done a hospital study

  • At a rate of 40 football fields every minute

  • But I can't find his sources any fricking where

  • not in the description

  • not on his Facebook posts

  • not hidden in the background of his videos

  • WAIT WHAT'S THAT

  • oh it's just bigfoot false alarm

  • *AHAAAH*

  • So I have no idea whether what he's saying is just made up

  • like in his video 'Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?'

  • did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at his cellphone

  • wow really?

  • well i'd love to research this to contribute to the conversation but I can't because

  • you don't CITE THE

  • FRIKIN' SOURCE

  • And this made me wonder just how much scientific misinformation

  • is this guy just casually throwing out there

  • so I started to check

  • Studies show the attention span of the average adult today

  • is one second lower

  • than that of a goldfish

  • Now this struck me as absolute crap and it turns out

  • that that's because it's absolute crap

  • The closest I could find to a source that he might be referencing

  • was a marketing brochure saying:

  • The average time a user spends to digest information has decreased significantly over the past twelve years

  • from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 in 2012

  • less than the average attention span of a goldfish

  • and after hours of searching I couldn't find the actual study at all

  • but even if we put aside for the moment the fact that he's citing a study that doesn't seem to exist

  • it still means absolutely bugger-all

  • because the study measured how long internet users spend on each page before moving on to the next one

  • it might show that websites load faster now

  • or that there's more crap on the internet that we have to wade through

  • before finding the good stuff

  • But it does not show that people are incapable of paying attention to important messages

  • which the next part of the video suggests

  • so if you wanted a few people or

  • aquatic animals that have yet to

  • click off or close this video

  • congratulations

  • CONGRATULATIONS

  • And not only did he mess up the part about human attention spans

  • but the goldfish part is also wrong

  • here are two studies proving they can remember things for months

  • and if that's not your thing

  • even fricking mythbusters did an episode proving it wrong

  • Thirty seconds I think is pretty good to make it through four holes

  • it's clear that they've learned and

  • and it's clear that they do, in fact, have a memory longer than three seconds

  • MYTH BUSTED

  • I just don't know how many more layers of wrongness it's possible to pile onto one sentence

  • except maybe this one.

  • Now that one was just a random fact trying to strengthen his point

  • but some of the things he claims have worse consequences

  • A line that made me fricking shake with frustration was:

  • Videos are 6 seconds at high speed

  • And you wonder why ADD is on the rise

  • Okay so as you might say:

  • Now here I know you didn't do any research

  • not just because you called it ADD when it's been known

  • in the psychological community as ADHD since 1987

  • but also

  • ADHD is one of the most fricking genetic mental disorders

  • I contacted one of the worlds leading ADHD experts

  • Dr. Russell Barkley

  • who told me that and then explained:

  • 70 to 80% is the result of differences in genetics

  • across the entire population it exceeds the genetic variation in any psychological trait

  • if you have an identical twin with ADHD

  • the risk to you is 75 to 90, 94 percent roughly

  • So does watching short video cause ADHD?

  • But we found no real evidence of purely social factors that can explain this disorder

  • it really behaves very much like a biological trait

  • ADHD is fricking horrible

  • it's essentially being trapped in your own brain unable to control yourself like normal people can

  • this guy is spreading a lie that people could avoid it if they just stopped using their phones

  • rather than the truth that it is one of the most treatable genetic disorders with medication

  • and this from a guy who (according to himself) is

  • "making smart cool"

  • Imma make smart cool again

  • That is definitely not smart and it is

  • definitely not cool

  • So why would he do this?

  • Well if we take a look later in his video

  • it brings me to the final issue with Prince EA

  • Oh Princey! Princey wincey!

  • (Hey! Hey! Hey!)

  • Prince EA makes things seem a lot worse than they actually are

  • so people get emotional enough to share it

  • Mr Zuckerberg

  • not to be rude but

  • you should reclassify Facebook to what it is

  • an anti

  • social

  • network

  • yeah because some people are not using Facebook in a healthy way

  • the entire site

  • which has allowed billions of people to keep in touch across countries

  • is anti-social

  • he gives no sense of nuance to the argument and he often just totally lies

  • technoloGY has made us more

  • selfish and seperate than ever

  • here are several sources which found charitable giving has been growing for decades

  • but I'd love to see what you base your point on

  • but ohwaityouDIDN'TCITETHE SOURCEAANY

  • The news is 140 characters

  • I could have sworn that technology let us freely share our footage and re-

  • the news is 140 characters

  • issues like police brutality which ne-

  • THE NEWS IS 140 CHARACTERS

  • twitter didn't sto-

  • THE NEWS IS 140

  • okay okay what else is wrong

  • no longer do I wanna

  • spoil a precious moment by

  • recording it with a phone

  • wanna spoil a precious moment

  • precious moment by

  • precious mo

  • momnet by

  • recording it with a phone

  • I'm just gonna keep them

  • I've noticed this is a surprisingly popular opinion

  • but I just don't get what's wrong with it

  • what if you wanna share it with someone who couldn't be there

  • or if you have a bad memory

  • or if, heaven forbid, you enjoy looking at photo's

  • I don't wanna take a picture of all my

  • meals anymore I'm just gonna eat them

  • I don't see the appeal of taking pictures of food either but some people seem to enjoy it

  • what's wrong with that?

  • just don't follow them on Instagram

  • I don't want the

  • new app the

  • new software

  • or the new update

  • well in that case your cyber security is going to be severely comprimised

  • and if I wanna post an old photo

  • hang on you just said you don't w-

  • The news is a hundred and forty characters

  • oh my mistake

  • and it ends on this big point

  • I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries

  • cause that'll mean we'll be one bar closer

  • to humanity

  • the implication here is that technology prevents humanity

  • how many films or songs have made you emotional?

  • or how many online conversations made people happy

  • your own videos judging from the response made people emotional which is very human

  • and he went even further in another video

  • entitled "Why I Think This World Should End"

  • Technology has given us everything we could ever want

  • And at the same time, stolen everything we really need

  • really nee-need