We are suckers for click-bait. We can’t resist the not so cleverly worded headlines in our newsfeed that lures us in to an article, video or picture about some Asian kid’s weird body trick, some celebrity’s wardrobe malfunction, some politician’s steamy tryst, some athlete’s incredible catch. It is painfully obvious what these websites are aiming for: traffic. The more clicks they get on a certain article, the more they can make from advertisers.
Those of us who spend any amount of time on social media are now well-acquainted with the baiting techniques of these articles. Here are some examples for those who are not familiar with what I’m talking about:
“They laughed when she walked on stage, but soon their jaws were on the floor”
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