The Psychology Of FAIL Videos

Since the dawn of time (or at least the dawn of YouTube), people have been laughing out loud at the misfortunes of others. FAIL videos account for over a billion YouTube views, but what is it that makes them so appealing?

Hey, did you see that video where that grape lady falls and she’s on the ground screaming in agony? Haha, yeah…that was hilarious. Since the dawn of time (or at least the dawn of YouTube), people have been laughing out loud at the misfortunes of others. FAIL videos account for over a billion YouTube views, but what is it that makes them so appealing?

FAILBlog is the fifth most popular channel on YouTube, with over 1.3 billion upload views. People love watching FailBlog’s faceplants, falls, parking snafus, injuries, television bloopers and other general failures. Check out the following compilation of FAIL videos from our Ultimate Guide to Viral Videos and see if they make you want to laugh, or cry: