New York Times: The Strange Allure of Pool-Cleaning Videos

New York Times: The Strange Allure of Pool-Cleaning Videos. “Craig Richard, a professor in biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University, in Virginia, believes the appeal of cleaning videos lies in human evolution. For our ancestors, watching a person work with her hands would most likely teach them a skill, Dr. Richard said. That lesson has filtered down through the generations so that, even today, watching videos of people at work subconsciously flicks on that part of our brain, he said, and keeps us glued.”

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