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YouTube Stars Stress Out, Just Like The Rest Of Us

Young YouTube stars work hard to look authentic and accessible, and they can make millions of dollars doing it. But the pressure to appear perfect while living online can sometimes be too much.
Some YouTube stars seek counseling and take breaks from online life to deal with symptoms of anxiety. Source: Eva Bee

Think today's kids want to be doctors or lawyers? Nope. YouTube stardom is the number one dream career for young people today, at least according to a widely publicized survey by a British newspaper last spring.

The appeal is obvious: Some 20-somethings are making millions by playing video games or dispensing beauty tips online. But the pressure of having to

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