Online Tutorial Video Makes Us Overconfident In Our Own Abilities

March 9, 2018

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It appears we have found the source of the infamous "hold my beer" moments of life, it's watching how-to videos on YouTube! Turns out watching these video tutorials make us overconfident when it comes to the skills we actually possess. Researchers reached this conclusion after an experiment using the "tablecloth trick" where you yank the cloth out from a fully set table.  Some of the participants read step-by-step instructions, others watch a 5 second video and others were left to think themselves on how to do it. Turns out watching these video tutorials make us overconfident when it comes to the skills we actually possess. But it wasn't until the researchers tested a group of 193 participants on their dart-throwing abilities. Those in the group who watched a demo video 20 times estimated that they would score more points than those who saw the video just once. The 20 times video crew also predicted that they would be more likely to hit the bull's eye and said they had learned more technique and improved more after watching the video.  However, these perceptions did not line up with reality: people who watched the video many times did not score better than those who saw it just once.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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