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YouTube's new Premium features cater to our ever-shortening attention spans

Now you can scroll endlessly while also doing other things.

Published onJune 27, 2024

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  • YouTube has announced several new features exclusively for its Premium subscribers.
  • The ‘Jump Ahead’ feature allows users to jump to the most popular parts of a video quickly.
  • Android users can now watch Shorts in a floating window while using other apps.

In a move that seems to embrace the ever-shortening attention spans of today’s digital age, YouTube has unveiled a series of new features for its Premium subscribers. Because who needs focus and deep engagement when you can have instant gratification and endless distractions, right?

Leading the charge is the ‘jump ahead’ feature, which is rolling out for Android users in the US and will be available to iOS users in the coming weeks. This AI-powered tool analyzes viewership data and identifies the most popular segments of a video, allowing users to skip directly to these highlights with a ‘jump ahead’ button that pops up when you double-tap on a video to skip ahead.

For those of us who can’t even focus on short-form content without multitasking, YouTube’s new picture-in-picture (PIP) feature for Shorts on Android is here to save the day. This feature allows users to watch Shorts while using other apps, ensuring that you never have to choose between watching a cat video and replying to a text.

YouTube is also currently testing an experimental feature called ‘Smart Downloads for Shorts.’ This feature automatically downloads a batch of Shorts to your device, ready for you to watch during those moments when you can’t access the internet so that you never miss out on mindless scrolling, even when offline.

These features are simply a reflection of the times we live in. Our attention spans are undeniably shrinking, and YouTube, like many other platforms, is more than happy to cater to this trend.

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