Clickbait; Did You Fall For It?

Abby Bauman, Print Managing Editor

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   For almost as long as the internet has been around, there has been clickbait ads. Screaming colors and blinking icons with money symbols are what first comes to mind. Sure, when we were younger we might’ve fallen for an ad that said “Win $1000” or “Win free cereal for life.”

   Over the years, click bait has evolved. Now we see click bait in video titles. YouTubers get paid through views, much like how some websites get paid when people visit them. So, the best way to get views is through lying. Right? Yeah sure, because lying has never made anyone angry. Riiiight?

   Personally I think honesty is the best policy. Last week I accidentally hit the garage with my dad’s car. Did I tell him immediately? Absolutely. Was he mad? Absolutely. Did I start out telling him by yelling, “STORY TIME! I WAS KIDNAPPED BY A SHARK!”? No, but maybe it would’ve helped my case. I love watching videos about crazy things that happened to others. But nothing makes me more angry than an exciting title to a boring video. If I watch another video with a title like, “I was forced to jump out of a plane” and the video is about someone tripping while walking off the plane into the boarding bridge, I will actually lose my marbles! You have no idea how much this bothers me. I am slowly being driven insane by the internet. Between memes, click bait, and gifs, I will soon be in an insane asylum.

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