By Jessica Jaimon
Channeling their inner gamer, Twitch users can connect with others and the virtual world through this well-known streaming platform. Not only are users able to watch live stream videos, but they can also produce their own type of content for many to watch.
In the last couple of months due to the pandemic, more people have started livestreaming on Twitch, including some individuals from New Hyde Park Memorial. With more time to pursue different hobbies, students have turned to livestreaming to keep themselves entertained.
“I decided to give streaming a go myself because of the free time we had at the start of the pandemic,” said junior Gregory Marzano.
As an easy way for streamers to gain popularity, people have turned to Twitch to enjoy their favorite games while communicating with many groups of people. Creators can interact with viewers through a live chat while streaming games such as Minecraft, Among Us, Fortnite, Valorant, and Jackbox. By being able to showcase their enthusiasm through new, unedited means, Twitch is a platform that allows people to share their creativity without the pressure of other media platforms such as YouTube.
“I've used Twitch as an outlet from school by watching streamers who express their own interests...”
As a way to assist with many students’ mental health, gaming has become a great outlet to alleviate the stress during these unprecedented times. Now, with many returning to school, students are watching their favorite streamers more frequently as a way to relax after a stressful day.
“I've used Twitch as an outlet from school by watching streamers who express their own interests to their audience and I always feel entertained as it keeps my mind off of stressful school work at times,” said junior Angelina Ng.
Even if it is only for an hour or two, Twitch allows students like Ng to escape from the pressures of school and relax.
Source by Gregory Marzano
Junior Gregory Marzano regularly streams gaming content on Twitch.
On the other hand, Twitch could also negatively impact the mental health of streamers.
“It can become very stressful to constantly be making content while balancing school and other extracurriculars. Many people, including myself, tend to focus on numbers and follow count, which can be extremely unmotivating,” said Marzano.
Although there can be some downsides to streaming, most people enjoy the ability to uniquely express themselves. Twitch has changed the lives of many and continues to play a big role in helping people connect through these strenuous times.