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2018-03-08 08:59:07 AM  
I used to experience this effect but, through repetition of trying and failing, I now experience the opposite effect: watching others perform acts of skill makes me substantially less confident in my own ability.

Experience is often the best teacher. Especially when you need to learn that you are a failure.

/Seriously, watching some non-TAS Metroid game speedruns on YouTube makes me realize that I am an extreme amateur.
 
2018-03-08 09:13:10 AM  
People who watched the video many times scored no better than those who saw it once

And as for those that didn't see it at all?

Much sciencing.  So research.
 
2018-03-08 09:16:21 AM  
In fairness, I get a lot of folks who suddenly think that they're amazing cooks because they've seen a few videos and read some recipes. And ultimately, information IS a kind of power. And more information is good. But experience and application is key. It's not enough to KNOW something, you have to be able to apply it, and more importantly, on command and out in the real world.

Watching a video that shows you how to build a fire is great. And starting off with a basic idea of how things are supposed to work is NOT a bad place to start, but in truth, you have to actually practice. You have to actually apply any skill, and build that skill set to make it repeatable on command.

More information is not a bad thing, and widening your information base is hardly a bad idea, but you have to actually practice, because understanding the physics and basics isn't going make you a pro skater or survivalist. Practice and building experience is sort of key.

Cook a great meal with four hours of prep time? Fantastic. Great job. Now do 200, with a printer behind you cranking out more, and make 300 great meals in a night. You will suddenly realize the difference between a professional and an amateur...sort of like watching Monday Night football isn't going to make you a fantastic QB...
 
2018-03-08 09:30:06 AM  

hubiestubert: Cook a great meal with four hours of prep time? Fantastic. Great job. Now do 200, with a printer behind you cranking out more, and make 300 great meals in a night. You will suddenly realize the difference between a professional and an amateur...sort of like watching Monday Night football isn't going to make you a fantastic QB...


I think using a honed skill like darts or a very physical athletic endeavor like being a QB is a poor measuring stick for this type of experiment.

Nor is it trying to see if you can watch a video and be a professional in anything.
 
2018-03-08 09:45:33 AM  

Dimensio: I used to experience this effect but, through repetition of trying and failing, I now experience the opposite effect: watching others perform acts of skill makes me substantially less confident in my own ability.

Experience is often the best teacher. Especially when you need to learn that you are a failure.

/Seriously, watching some non-TAS Metroid game speedruns on YouTube makes me realize that I am an extreme amateur.


CSB:
My circle friends used to like to get together for some Halo matches on the X-Box. A little friendly rivalry sprung up between us and matches would often get quite heated with lots of swearing and sh*t talking and friendly jabs at each other. Over time one of them went from kinda ok at the game to regularly whupping our asses and thinking they were King Sh*t of F*ck Mountain all the sudden. He was pretty insufferable about it really. So anyways one of the local gaming shops at the mall announces they're going to be holding a Halo tournament. Said friend thinks this is a brilliant idea and tries to convince me to enter the tournament with him. I steadfastly decline. My middle aged arse is staying home to guard the couch. So game day him a couple buddies go down to the mall. Yeah, that went down exactly the way I imagined it was going to. He lasted a couple rounds. Got his ass handed to him by a twelve year old. He is never going to live that down.

/CSB
 
2018-03-08 10:04:44 AM  
oh man that reminded me of every skateboarding and snowboarding video I ever watched.

I would watch and get so stoked and then go out and try a few of the tricks and biff and bail all over the place. "Oh yeah, those guys are really good!" Inspiring for sure and fun to watch, but you learn that experts make things look way easier than they are.
 
2018-03-08 10:05:55 AM  
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2018-03-08 10:18:49 AM  
Of course I dont have a shot of getting a greenlight with admins greening all their own submissions.
 
2018-03-08 10:47:48 AM  
Not so sure about that.
I watched a bunch of videos from a pro video game player, and watching what he did improved my game.
But I suppose that had more to do with positioning and strategies used than actual skill.
 
2018-03-08 11:21:11 AM  
HGTV and Home Depot exist primarily thanks to this phenomenon.
 
2018-03-08 11:27:55 AM  
Watching my little brother doing backward flips off a diving boatd convinced me I could do it too. I was wrong.
 
2018-03-08 11:36:33 AM  

MechaPyx: Dimensio: I used to experience this effect but, through repetition of trying and failing, I now experience the opposite effect: watching others perform acts of skill makes me substantially less confident in my own ability.

Experience is often the best teacher. Especially when you need to learn that you are a failure.

/Seriously, watching some non-TAS Metroid game speedruns on YouTube makes me realize that I am an extreme amateur.

CSB:
My circle friends used to like to get together for some Halo matches on the X-Box. A little friendly rivalry sprung up between us and matches would often get quite heated with lots of swearing and sh*t talking and friendly jabs at each other. Over time one of them went from kinda ok at the game to regularly whupping our asses and thinking they were King Sh*t of F*ck Mountain all the sudden. He was pretty insufferable about it really. So anyways one of the local gaming shops at the mall announces they're going to be holding a Halo tournament. Said friend thinks this is a brilliant idea and tries to convince me to enter the tournament with him. I steadfastly decline. My middle aged arse is staying home to guard the couch. So game day him a couple buddies go down to the mall. Yeah, that went down exactly the way I imagined it was going to. He lasted a couple rounds. Got his ass handed to him by a twelve year old. He is never going to live that down.

/CSB


Reaction time is what was working against him, unless your friend was an eleven year old
 
2018-03-08 11:46:01 AM  

MechaPyx: Dimensio: I used to experience this effect but, through repetition of trying and failing, I now experience the opposite effect: watching others perform acts of skill makes me substantially less confident in my own ability.

Experience is often the best teacher. Especially when you need to learn that you are a failure.

/Seriously, watching some non-TAS Metroid game speedruns on YouTube makes me realize that I am an extreme amateur.

CSB:
My circle friends used to like to get together for some Halo matches on the X-Box. A little friendly rivalry sprung up between us and matches would often get quite heated with lots of swearing and sh*t talking and friendly jabs at each other. Over time one of them went from kinda ok at the game to regularly whupping our asses and thinking they were King Sh*t of F*ck Mountain all the sudden. He was pretty insufferable about it really. So anyways one of the local gaming shops at the mall announces they're going to be holding a Halo tournament. Said friend thinks this is a brilliant idea and tries to convince me to enter the tournament with him. I steadfastly decline. My middle aged arse is staying home to guard the couch. So game day him a couple buddies go down to the mall. Yeah, that went down exactly the way I imagined it was going to. He lasted a couple rounds. Got his ass handed to him by a twelve year old. He is never going to live that down.

/CSB


Yeah, I can kick the ass of most of my friends at FPSs at a LAN party, but I'm lucky to get a 1:1 KDR when I'm playing online.  Being the best in a small sample size doesn't correlate to being the best in a large sample size.
 
2018-03-08 11:50:57 AM  

hubiestubert: Cook a great meal with four hours of prep time? Fantastic. Great job. Now do 200, with a printer behind you cranking out more, and make 300 great meals in a night. You will suddenly realize the difference between a professional and an amateur...sort of like watching Monday Night football isn't going to make you a fantastic QB...


CSB:  The last restaurant I worked in still used printers for orders.  The owners were cheap so they'd buy yellow paper because it cost less.  They also bought shiatty toner and didn't really upkeep the lighting so, with every order that came in, the cooks had to stop, pull out a flashlight, and then read the order.  The C stands for crappy in this story.  I doubt that y'all would be surprised that a lot of orders were sent back and that the owners comped a lot of meals.  Ran into a guy that still works there a few weeks ago and he said the issues that place has are only getting worse by the hour.
 
2018-03-08 12:04:24 PM  
I've seen enough videos of Trump precedenting that I'm pretty sure I could do it just as well if not better.
 
2018-03-08 12:23:03 PM  
BS. I can fark like a porn star from watching videos.  Now if I could only get a date...
 
2018-03-08 01:24:05 PM  

edmo: HGTV and Home Depot exist primarily thanks to this phenomenon.


That was my thought. Watching Norm Abrams on 'New Yankee Workshop' causes it. He builds incrediblethings, and us mortals have no chance to duplicate them.
 
2018-03-08 02:39:31 PM  
Pfft.  Saw a video on brain surgery - pretty sure I could swing it flawlessly.
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2018-03-09 02:22:11 AM  
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2018-03-09 02:34:07 AM  
When I sit & watch exercise videos, I let my mirror neurons do all the work.
 
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