Yanny or Laurel: The Most Popular Video on the Controversy

After the biggest controversy of the dress, the next divide is here – Yanny or Laurel?

I was puzzled at how one audio clip could garner different responses, with different people hearing something completely different and it seems like the rest of the Internet was equally puzzled since the whole thing has become viral.

Similar to the controversy of the dress, science can explain why people perceive the same thing in different ways. In this case, without diving too much into details, it involves the frequency and quality of the recording.

Many people (including celebrities) have hopped onto this wave, taking the chance to talk about something that has gone viral. The graph below for the number of times “Yanny” or “Laurel” was used allows us to identify the peak period of the hype. We can see that the controversy was debated the most between 17 and 18 May.

Sample graph for YouTube videos with text “Yanny” or “Laurel” in description generated via Popular Chips‘s proprietary platform

Since there are more than 500 videos on the topic on YouTube, how do we identify and determine which video should we watch? There are so many metrics which we can use to judge the quality and popularity of a video, including the number of views, likes, comments, and the number of subscribers a particular channel has.

Sample overview for YouTube videos on “Yanny or Laurel” sorted by no. of views generated via Popular Chips‘s proprietary platform

Perhaps we might choose the video with the highest engagement, since a high engagement suggests that viewers enjoyed the video enough to like it and comment on it.

Sample overview for top YouTube video on “Yanny or Laurel” generated via Popular Chips‘s proprietary platform

Having watched the video for myself, its high viewership and engagement is justified by the fact that it was able to explain the controversy and has demystified the issue, allowing viewers to understand the different responses.

So, do you belong to team Yanny or team Laurel? Let us know in the comments section below!

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