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24/7 livestreaming leads Bend man to deeper reflection

(Update: Adding video, livestreamer comments)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) - Bend resident Ethan McChristian recently made the courageous decision -- some might have another word for it -- to broadcast every moment of his life for a livestream audience for six weeks straight, an unusual project he started back on July 1.

Well, "almost" every moment...

That means you can watch McChristian live his daily life, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on his YouTube channel through mid-August.

So far, more than 1,000 subscribers have spent some time watching McChristian eating, exercising, biking, shopping and even sleeping.

McChristian said he got the inspiration for this project from his friend and former roommate, Michael Gerry, who livestreamed a full year of his life, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31,2019.

"When I was a part of my best friend's project in 2019, I think there was a lot of superficiality in some of the things that I did," McChristian said Monday. "Maybe dishonest ,that came out in ways I wouldn't be proud of today, in a way that I wasn't proud of then."

From the beginning of his livestreaming journey, McChristian noted the positive and rewarding changes that has come from the level of vulnerability he's choosing to have with the public.

Although McChristian posts a variety of content, there is fan favorite.

"To be honest, the most views (are) going to be on a 'sleep stream,'" McChristian said.

McChristian does have a quick reply to an obvious, much-asked question. He said he won’t show three things – showering, sex and going to the bathroom, so the stream is entirely "PG."

One of the biggest challenges, as you also might have guessed, is technical: getting a signal out in areas with bad cellphone coverage. Just once so far -- while cliff diving, no less -- McChristian said he did lose the livestream entirely, for a short period. But he had a workaround: He was able to record his experience and upload it to YouTube.

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Bola Gbadebo

Bola Gbadebo is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Bola here.

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19 Comments

  1. More curious than a man with a heightened sense of self importance are those who use their time watching him rather than being out making a difference in the world.

    1. Maybe the fat failed and fired New York city trust fund baby should try this. It might cheer him up a bit after all his failures!!!

  2. This is truly a pathetic attempt at trying to get famous. Nobody seems to care on his social media, which should be an eye opener for this kid.

  3. Condolences to anybody so bored with their own life that they watched any of this man’s 6 weeks of life. Sorry, but that’s precious time you’ll never get back.

  4. Maybe the single dumbest thing I have seen this week, definitely not newsworthy. In other news, man likes to take selfies and send them to random people.

  5. First, this is not newsworthy. Second, he should “reflect” on the fact that he’s not nearly as important as he thinks he is. This sums up that generation. Put your phone down and go live your life kids. This is embarrassing.

  6. One other thing, this is not a “Bend man”, this is a boy from Indiana living in Bend. Historically, no Bend family would ever allow such a narcissistic self absorbed thing to transpire in their home. This is the new gen and new Bend I am afraid. Weak

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