People love these satisfying making videos

Have you ever taken an everyday object like a fork, phone charger, or cereal box and thought about how that object came into being? It is amazing that we have gone from primitive tools to complex manufacturing plants in a relatively short period of time.

As part of human history, not too long ago, if we wanted something, we had to figure out how to make it ourselves by hand. Innovation and industry have completely changed the way humans live, and although there are definitely disadvantages to industrialization and mass manufacturing, the fact that we have figured out how to build machines reliably and consistently for precise work is amazing.

So amazing, in fact, that videos showing machines at work have become popular entertainment. The Canadian TV series “How it’s made” took something that was often considered basic and bland – factory production – and turned it into fun family viewing. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen my kids watch YouTube videos of machines making something, calling it “so satisfying”.

“Satisfactory” is exactly the right word. I don’t know why or how, but see repetitive precision things that are done is haunting and soothing at the same time.

The “How Things Are Made” Twitter account shares brief videos of everyday things being made, and people are loving it. Most of them are less than a minute long, so a quick and enjoyable crafting solution.

Check out how these different pasta shapes are made as an example:

Why is it so fun to watch? (And do people really eat black pasta?)

What about making cookie cutters? This one is hard to look away:

So. Satisfying.

Have you ever looked at a chain link fence and wondered how it happened? Here is:

It’s not just the workmanship that impresses, however. Machines that make other things easier, like farming, are also fun to see. For example, check out this carrot harvester:

Again, very satisfying.

Sometimes it’s also fun to see how things were done. This traditional way of making noodles in China is so simple, yet awesome:

And for those of us who grew up in classrooms with a 1950s globe, look at how they were handcrafted. Who knew so many people were part of the process?

Humans are so fascinating, aren’t they? We love the rugged beauty of nature, yet we are also drawn to the deliberate precision of human ingenuity. We love to marvel at the magnificence of the mountains and gaze at the gargantuan night sky, but we also marvel at our own creativity and innovation.

Now, if we could just find the balance between serving innovation and industry and protecting our planet and people, that would be really satisfying.

Marjorie N. McClure