South Korean online trend helps GTA students reconstruct organisation investigate while physically distancing

As a COVID-19 pestilence has shuttered libraries and coffee shops, some Toronto students are branch to an online trend to overcome a loneliness of investigate by themselves. 

It’s called “Gong-bang,” brief for “gongbu bangsong” that translates to “study broadcast” — and it’s a flourishing trend that originated in South Korea, where many students investigate for adult to 18 hours any day to ready for exams. 

Similar to a renouned “meokbang” trend, also famous as “mukbang” or “eating show,” investigate broadcasts have also captivated a niche online community — one that includes University of Toronto tyro Rachel McKenna-Marshall, 24.

She’s been examination these videos daily given her classes shut down.

“With [these videos] and self isolating, we can reconstruct that feeling of being in a library and carrying people investigate around you,” pronounced McKenna-Marshall, who’s operative towards her masters in architecture.

She was already examination these videos once a week to assistance her investigate before open health officials mandated earthy enmity opposite Ontario.

While it may not be a many riveting calm one can find online, these videos have amassed millions of views on YouTube — with many channels now only dedicated to videos of people investigate in finish overpower for several hours during a time.

Flipping a page or a clicking of a keyboard is often all we can hear in a video. It’s intended to impersonate a sourroundings of a library to assistance viewers combine on investigate and zero else.  

Some videos play mellow music, while others have white sound in a background. 

Study broadcasts are mostly available live and streamed onto platforms like AfreecaTV, a Korean live-streaming platform, or Twitch, while others are uploaded as videos onto YouTube and are meant to be rewatched during any time. 

Studying in intervals 

McKenna-Marshall says she finds it tough to concentration in her home, though a videos concede her to renovate it into a investigate space.

The pomodoro technique, a ordinarily used process in these “study-with-me” videos, consists of 30-minute ongoing intervals in that 25 mins is dedicated to investigate with a five-minute mangle during a finish of any interval. It’s dictated to teach a clarity of coercion and work with a time we have, while also holding a brief mangle throughout. 

U of T connoisseur Nasir Kharma started his possess YouTube channel Kharma Medic two years ago to share recommendation with other students deliberation requesting to medical school.

At first, I’ll be honest, we found it a small bit of a bizarre judgment …– Nasir Kharma

Now investigate medicine during King’s College in London, a 24-year-old has grown his channel to 145,000 subscribers and amassed some-more than 7 million views.

Kharma says he had never listened of study-with-me videos until one of his viewers asked him to record one.

He says he had to Google it. 

Kharma’s YouTube channel has racked adult millions of views and 145,000 subscribers. (Sara Jabakhanji/CBC)

“At first, I’ll be honest, we found it a small bit of a bizarre concept. I thought, ‘Why would we wish to watch somebody else investigate if we are studying?”‘ Kharma said. 

His initial “study with me” video got 170,000 hits, that was some-more than double a views on his other videos.

“Most of a feedback would be something along a lines of, ‘I haven’t been prolific for a week and this unequivocally helped me lay down and indeed do all a work that we indispensable to do,’ or we know, ‘I’ve got an arriving examination and this is perfect,'” he said.

The infancy of a students examination his videos are from Canada, a U.S. and India.

Kharma says this investigate process doesn’t work for him though he understands since it works for his subscribers.

“If any students are struggling with arrange of structuring their time or anticipating a fortify to lay down and work, afterwards we consider a study-with-me video would be a really absolute approach to motivate them,” he said.

Connection in a time of earthy distancing

It would not be startling if some-more people began examination these videos since they “really do assistance emanate connection” in this time of earthy distancing, pronounced Michelle Cho, an partner highbrow in the University of Toronto’s dialect of East Asian Studies. Her investigate focuses on renouned aesthetics in Korean film, media and renouned culture.

Any kind of live streaming that is filmed away can constraint a clarity of “togetherness” that appeals to many, Cho said 

“If we can bond with other people and know that other people are out there doing a same thing, it creates a kind of clarity of oneness and accountability, even if we are still sitting in your room by yourself.”

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