This Man Posts Daily 4-Hour Videos Of Himself To YouTube, All He Does Is Sit There And Smile

Submitted by: fancylad 7 months ago in Tech Weird

This is Benjamin Bennet. He makes four-hour-long videos of himself sitting in a corner of a white room, and he just smiles into the camera. That's it -- he sits there and smiles like a sociopath.

He livestreams the videos everyday onto his YouTube channel -- the videos are ad-free, which is shocking because he gets up to 100,000 views on an average day. 

I don't know what your endgame on this is, Ben, but if you have killed teenage prostitutes and you buried them in your basement, please turn yourself into the local authorities.
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Now we need four-hour reaction videos of someone sitting, watching his stream, and also creepily smiling...
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Male 1,593
I saw an interview with this guy. it's supposedly purely performance art. He's definitely dedicated though. One of the videos someone broke into his apartment. When they opened the door to that room and just saw him sitting perfectly still with nothing but a camera in front of him, I'm pretty sure he freaked out because he just said 'Hello?' then quickly left.

(I like to watch videos about creepy and bizarre videos.)
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Male 5,214
squidbush Thanks, by the way, for finding out why this guy was doing this. I think a lot of us were scratching our heads.
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Male 1,593
squrlz4ever There's some bizarre stuff on YouTube. I find most of it fascinating... you know, like a train wreck is fascinating. 
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Male 5,214
squidbush Wow. That is really weird.
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Male 6,251
in the last year or so he's done over 60 of these, one every few days or so (not every day). It's a bit peculiar, nothing wrong with it, but i wonder what his reasoning is, or maybe if its helpful somehow..
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Male 5,214
monkwarrior Hear, hear! You beat me to it. I really wanna know why he's doing this. Clearly, this is no whim on his part. To dedicate four hours to sitting still, and repeat the process some sixty times, takes a lot of dedication.

Is it a form of meditation? Of penance? Is he mentally ill? What's going on here?
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Male 602
squrlz4ever Why does there have to be a reason? Do you have a reason for everything you do?
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Male 1,201
thething911 I don't do anything without a reason.  Sure, often times the reason is just, "I felt like it," but that's still a reason.
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Male 5,214
thething911 Actually, yes. I'm not saying I always have a good reason, but I do have a reason. Don't you?
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Male 602
squrlz4ever No. I just do things. Imagining I had a reason for doing everything I did would be a lie. You too, if you're honest. Attributing a reason after the fact is just human nature, truth be told, humans just do things. Believing that all your judgments are well reasoned is much closer to a mental illness. It explains alot about you. Squrlz logic - I had an idea, but it must be right, because all my ideas are well reasoned.
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Male 5,214
thething911 Freud is generally read today more for the literary value than the science. But his major, lasting achievement relative to the human mind was to explain that people always do things for a reason, even if that reason isn't clear to them at the time (because it's a product of their subconscious).

That was almost a hundred years ago, and I don't think any competent psychologist or psychiatrist today would agree with your idea that "humans just do things" without reasons. Even in the case of a fight or flight response, as skeeter01 mentions, there's a reason, albeit a physiological one.

As for your last three sentences, I have no idea why you're going on about me "believing that all (my) judgments are well reasoned" and my ideas "must be right," when I plainly stated "I'm not saying I always have a good reason." Your reference to mental illness and the remark "it explains a lot about you" also seem uncalled for. The main thing I get out of your comment is that you want to insult me.

I could speculate on the reason for that, but won't.
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Male 401
thething911 This is an interesting and thought-provoking point you make.  After considering it for a while, I believe your assertion definitely applies to instinctual actions/reactions such as fight or flight.  It even holds water for some choice-based actions such as eat that cookie, sing happy birthday, dance to a certain song.  But sitting for four hours in front of a camera to film yourself smiling is considerably different.  I might buy your theory if it was a one-time thing.  But that is definitely not the case here - he's done this repeatedly.  And because of these elements, I think squrlz4ever is correct that there is likely a reason behind it.  I'm rather curious to know what that reason is. 
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Female 4,608
squrlz4ever is the guy making them mentally ill or are the folks that actually sit and watch these the boinkyheads?
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Male 5,214
melcervini Good point. I can't imagine watching any of these. It skeeves me out. I saw that some guy on YouTube had captured a couple minutes of one of these videos where this guy breaks down and starts crying, then recovers and starts smiling again. Weird.
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Male 4,099
Yeah, he played on sin city right?

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richanddead you have won 3 internet points 
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Female 9,585
Goodbye to the days when I had to go the bar to have creepy guys stare at me, I can now have the same creepiness factor from the comfort of my own home.
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Male 5,214
panth753 LOL! Yes, but he can't send a drink over to you, then give you a lecherous wink.
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Female 9,585
squrlz4ever lol, true.
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