‘I Cried’ YouTube Button Ranks The Internet’s Saddest Videos

By Megan O'Neill 

YouTube is just as good for a great cry as it is for a good laugh.  A new Google Chrome extension called the ‘I Cried’ button is helping to create a catalogue of the Internet’s saddest videos.

How does it work?  Basically, when you install the extension it creates a new button on YouTube video pages, right next to the channel information that says, “I cried” with a single tear drop.  If a video makes you cry, click the button.  You can also see how many other people cried while watching the video.

Keith Wagstaff of Time Techland reports that, “The statistics are then saved and compiles in a database created by project founders Dee Kim and Bistin Chen.”  The saddest videos are ranked on the Project Goodcry website.

Wagstaff reports that the button’s creators say, “The intention is to find out what type of content makes people cry, to suggest a simple way to communicate the state of crying in digital space, and to help people reflect and ask themselves ‘What makes me cry?’ ‘What does it feel like to know what other people cried about?’”

Check out the current top 5 most-cried over videos below, as ranked by the ‘I Cried’ button.  How many of them made you cry?

Fox and the Hound – Sad scene – 520 people cried

Dumbo – Baby of Mine – 457 people cried

Sad Story! **Could Make You Cry** – 394 people cried

Last Minutes with ODEN – 385 people cried

Harry Styles – “Why do you hate me, what have I done” – 323 people cried

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.