The Science of Awkwardness

  • Published: 20 March 2015
  • awkward.........
    Sources and extra links below!
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    Embarrassment and prosociality:

    Empathetic Embarrassment:

    Cringe subreddit:

    awkward hug gifs:


    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube):

    “Why Are We Morbidly Curious?” (related Vsauce video):

    social rejection and physical pain:

    Social awkwardness and genetics:

    Psychology experiments that test the breaking of social norms are called “breaching experiments”:

    Stage Fright:


    Oxytocin and fear/anxiety:

    negativity bias:

    more negative emotions than positive:

    Eleanor Roosevelt quote:

    “in you 20s and 30s…” quote:

    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:

    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube):

    “sonder” gif:
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Comments • 17 694

  • Dhominy
    Dhominy  12 hours back

    That ''What is'' always kills me,and i just leave a like every time he does it

    • Ben Janes
      Ben Janes  20 hours back

      Actually, you can wear pants of molten lead, but it would kill you, so I would suggest otherwise.

      • xcarmen
        xcarmen  21 hours back

        I feel awkward every time I talk to someone I am not close with. I also am REALLY easily embarrassed for other people

        • ScrotNimation
          ScrotNimation  1 days back

          When vsauce says sharing too much information
          Me: ~•_•~

          • pandbruh boui
            pandbruh boui  1 days back

            I'm easily empathetically embarrassed... I feel special

            • PotatoLicker
              PotatoLicker  1 days back

              I'll see if from now on I feel less awkward or no!

              • Max Epton
                Max Epton  2 days back

                0:30, some say she's still standing there to this day

                • Pasta Bins
                  Pasta Bins  2 days back

                  damn, micheal calling everyone insignificant in 47 languages and 19 fonts aha

                  • Daniel Embree
                    Daniel Embree  2 days back

                    It comes naturally if you’re an Aspie

                    • Abdel Aziz Menouar
                      Abdel Aziz Menouar  2 days back

                      We indeed live in a society.

                      • Raquel Florence
                        Raquel Florence  2 days back

                        "Enjoy your meal!"

                        *"Thanks, you too."*

                        • Daunte uflay
                          Daunte uflay  2 days back

                          well obviously i am

                          • oofity oofer
                            oofity oofer  3 days back

                            the more eee something is...

                            people that were bitten by the mosquito: um what

                            • Khalid Belfakih
                              Khalid Belfakih  3 days back

                              Wow, just wow. The past year at college has been really frustrating, all those irrational fears.. this explains ALOT!!

                              • Rashmi Gupta
                                Rashmi Gupta  3 days back

                                Love the background 😀😀😀😀✌️✌️✌️✌️

                                • ARJUN MEHTA
                                  ARJUN MEHTA  3 days back

                                  Got the chills at the end of the video.

                                  • Yakkis MD
                                    Yakkis MD  3 days back

                                    Very important words from you for people who may lack the balance of perception of themselves and others, such as narcistic characters.

                                    • AutoRB
                                      AutoRB  3 days back

                                      Sonder-Existential crisis

                                      • Tluqies
                                        Tluqies  3 days back

                                        Well you can actually be in 4 places at once

                                        • Alejandro Moreno
                                          Alejandro Moreno  3 days back

                                          I don't think there's a word for awkward in Spanish...what a loss

                                          • FS Chris
                                            FS Chris  4 days back

                                            4:43 if this isn't the most true thing I've heard in a while, I am literally always the one to try and break awkward moments by talking when someone is in an awkward moment, just because I can't bare to watch or listen to it continue being awkward

                                            • Chezz
                                              Chezz  4 days back

                                              Vsauce makes some of the highest quality content on youtube. Out of all of the science channels on youtube, Vsauce is the best.

                                              • Geophph
                                                Geophph  4 days back

                                                Never gonna forget the time I had to improvise a speech in front of a crowd of like 200 people when I was 15. Never again

                                                • LamsterLou
                                                  LamsterLou  4 days back

                                                  on my way to kill the CEO of awkwardness

                                                  • Caleb Sevick
                                                    Caleb Sevick  4 days back

                                                    That Joe Biden clip. Oof.

                                                    • Groverkiin Muppetborn
                                                      Groverkiin Muppetborn  4 days back


                                                      • Jedi Knight Joshua
                                                        Jedi Knight Joshua  4 days back

                                                        In 2 weeks you will be in a new body you wont have scars in 2 weeks Joshua

                                                        • Chezz
                                                          Chezz  4 days back

                                                          @Jedi Knight Joshua Ok. Thanks for having me read that, random stranger on the internet. In a couple of days, our interaction will have been forgotten of, most likely nobody will ever think about this interaction or see it ever again. Just a drop in a vast sea of comments.

                                                        • Jedi Knight Joshua
                                                          Jedi Knight Joshua  4 days back

                                                          I feel like I'm being molested while I'm by myself by invisible people it's scary it makes me feel fear

                                                      • E Nonya
                                                        E Nonya  4 days back

                                                        Vsause isn't wearing pants rn

                                                        • E Nonya
                                                          E Nonya  4 days back

                                                          "where are your hands rn?" brought me here

                                                          • Julia Borawljowa
                                                            Julia Borawljowa  5 days back

                                                            It's 4 am. What the fuck am i doing here.

                                                            • Giri Abhinav
                                                              Giri Abhinav  5 days back

                                                              Hey schezwan sauce

                                                              • Jake From State Farm
                                                                Jake From State Farm  5 days back

                                                                No one:

                                                                Vsauce's eyebrows: ⬆️↗️➡️↘️⬇️↙️⬅️↖️↕️↔️↩↪⤴️⤵️🔃🔄

                                                                • mew time warps
                                                                  mew time warps  5 days back

                                                                  did you know that vsauce guy had his fly undone

                                                                • Samruddhi Landge
                                                                  Samruddhi Landge  5 days back

                                                                  Jake From State Farm lol yeah!! And I really cant even raise an eyebrow...

                                                              • Extreme Closure
                                                                Extreme Closure  5 days back

                                                                1:31 million dollar reaction

                                                                • MicroNote
                                                                  MicroNote  6 days back

                                                                  why did he stop

                                                                  • tntg5
                                                                    tntg5  6 days back

                                                                    Was that Joe Biden at 3:08 ?

                                                                    • Davis Robinson
                                                                      Davis Robinson  6 days back

                                                                      I listen to Vsauce for hours, but never listen in school. Anyone else?

                                                                      • Daniel
                                                                        Daniel  6 days back

                                                                        Sonder is so woke

                                                                        • Dan-Mechanics
                                                                          Dan-Mechanics  6 days back

                                                                          Why do I stop breathing when i get awkward

                                                                          • Gabriele Porru
                                                                            Gabriele Porru  7 days back

                                                                            1:51 why so sure?..

                                                                            • SAMAWY سماوي
                                                                              SAMAWY سماوي  7 days back

                                                                              boy got you

                                                                              • Just Me CR
                                                                                Just Me CR  1 weeks back

                                                                                Scientist am I

                                                                                • James
                                                                                  James  1 weeks back

                                                                                  2.1K people: dislikes

                                                                                  Me: Why are you gay?

                                                                                  • kg xgen
                                                                                    kg xgen  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Unpopular opinions/conjectures:
                                                                                    - Collectivism deters awkwardness and its social significance
                                                                                    - Awkwardness in general is overrated

                                                                                    • Aqua Walker
                                                                                      Aqua Walker  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Hello people of the internet........

                                                                                      Have a great day~♥️

                                                                                      • The Culture Corner
                                                                                        The Culture Corner  1 weeks back

                                                                                        "Not knowing what to do with your hands"

                                                                                        Oh man, Out Of Context VSauce is gonna go crazy.

                                                                                        • David Bean
                                                                                          David Bean  1 weeks back

                                                                                          4 years later and this video found me when I needed it most

                                                                                          • Zach
                                                                                            Zach  1 weeks back

                                                                                            So it was said that we are all worried about what someone else is thinking about us, but in reality they seldom do. But doesn't that mean that I am worrying about what person x is thinking about me while person x is also worrying about what I am thinking about them? So essentially we are each worrying about what we are each thinking about each other, and thus are in fact thinking about each other more.

                                                                                            • KVSupernova
                                                                                              KVSupernova  1 weeks back

                                                                                              finally, a video i understand