Stephen: TikToker who livestreams himself studying nears half a million followers

Published on May 4th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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Would you follow someone on social media just to watch them study? That’s what 469,000 TikTok followers of a 22-year-old British university student do, looking on as he livestreams himself while he studies at his bedroom desk. As he studies, business and marketing student Yehya Mougharbel, who goes to the University of Surrey, looks at his screen and plays a calming playlist. He told BBC News, “People just enjoy watching me study. They study alongside me, and they feel less alone.”

He sends notifications to his followers ahead of the streams, and during study breaks, he talks to his followers and answers questions asked in the comments. Dr Leigh-Anne Perryman, senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, told BBC News that having a “study buddy” can provide what she called a useful “low level of distraction.” She stated, “Before the pandemic it was common for people to study in a library, silently, alongside others, or in a cafe — gaining that low level of distraction. The pandemic made that impossible for many people.”

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