Too Long; Didn't Read
"How-to" is one of the most searched terms on Google, and online tutorial videos generated 42.1 billion views on YouTube in 2018 alone. The value of YouTube tutorials for gathering information cannot be overstated, but whether or not it translates to real learning is another story. A study by Michael Kardas, a researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, found that watching others accomplish a task makes the viewer overconfident in their own abilities. This overconfidence doesn't translate into performance, and watching those videos doesn't reduce the time it takes to develop a skill.