Why are oddly satisfying videos so…satisfying?

Oddly satisfying videos

Grouped under the clickbait-friendly term “oddly satisfying” you’ll find video compilations—often attracting millions of views—of people and machines doing repetitive tasks with skill and precision.

There’s something inexplicable about their appeal. No one can articulate precisely why they can’t tear their eyes away. The titles that adorn most of them seem to actually sum up their appeal quite well: oddly satisfying, indeed—but why?


Click on the tabs to see two examples. 

(Hundreds more on YouTube under “oddly satisfying”. You could waste the rest of your life here.)

One example

Another one

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