What We Lost During the 'Harlem Shake' Craze
People lost their jobs, athletes lost their rights to play and the Federal Aviation Administration launched an investigation — all because of this year's first viral video sensation, "Harlem Shake."
"Harlem Shake," the 2012 breakthrough single from Brooklyn-based music producer Baauer, inspired hundreds of videos showing a dance move that consists of not much more than vigorous shaking and thrusting. However, some groups took their interpretations too far and got in trouble. But for most of us, we simply lost time, unable to tear ourselves away from the screen as we watched the dance unfold in stadiums, city intersections and on board a Frontier Airlines flight.
Just as the fad was dying out, the Miami Heat last week released its own version that got more than 36 million views in just a week. (And, the Minnesota Timberwolves have responded with their own "Harlem Shake" video, a put-down of the Miami Heat's version that ends with the line, "Some things get old fast."
In all, people have spent more than 2,782 years watching "Harlem Shake" videos in about a month.
Take a look at the infographic put together by YTD, maker of a YouTube analyst tool for marketers, to see what else we lost as a result of "Harlem shake" mania.