Teens Favor YouTube Sensations Over Hollywood Mega Stars
Posted Thursday, August 7th 2014 @ 8am
A new survey found American teenagers ages 13-18 prefer YouTube stars like the Fine Bros. to Johnny Depp, Seth Rogen and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The highest-ranking figures were Smosh, the online comedy team of Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla, both 26.
Despite having minimal exposure in the mainstream media, another comedy duo, known as the Fine Bros., Benny and Rafi, finished a close second, followed by the Swedish videogamer who has the most subscribers on all of YouTube, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg — otherwise known as PewDiePie.
Interestingly, the highest-ranking non-YouTuber is Paul Walker, who tragically died in a car accident late in 2013.
The report adds that YouTube sensations were deemed "more engaging, extraordinary and relatable" than old-school movie stars.