I Wrote a Post about Clickbait. You won’t Believe What Happened Next …


Just another day scrolling through Facebook.

How about a 5-question US History quiz? Most people can’t get more than 2 right:

  1. Who was the first US President?
  2. During which war did slavery end?
  3. Who is the current Vice President?
  4. How many US Senators does each state have?
  5. What is the US Capital?

I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I actually scored 100%! The quiz labels me a genius. Just try to top that!

Since that one was short, how about one more quiz? This one is about spelling. All you have to do is find the word that is NOT spelled correctly:

  • elephant
  • teacher
  • really
  • quizes
  • responsible

Did you find QUIZES? If so, congratulations! 95% of people missed it!

Oh wow, continuing to scroll, I see so many tempting articles: “Things You Won’t Believe We Found in this Bathroom (we think #35 is DISGUSTING!” “They look 25 but they’re actually 80!”, “Celebs you had NO IDEA were Gay!” and “Cheerleaders who revealed WAY more than they intended to” (I guess that one’s for the guys).

Back to my feed, where I see that if I just share this post and “like” it, I will get a $50 gift card to Kroger. Hot dog, that was easy!

Oooh, click here, wait 5 seconds, and I won’t BELIEVE what happens? CLICK. Wait. Okay … ummmm … nothing is happening?

“Just running on a treadmill is hard … I can’t believe he did THIS”

“Like” if you love Jesus. “Share” if you’re not ashamed of Him. Wow. Talk about pressure!

I de-stress by taking a quiz to learn what my nickname should be. My result: “boozy.” I don’t think I’ll share this.

Hoping for better results, I try the next quiz. This one purports to describe me, if I can name various colors (some of these are the primary colors, so we’re not talking rocket science here). Turns out, I am “optimistic.” Who could have guessed I would reveal that by identifying colors??! I can’t BELIEVE it!

I hope you have enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek look at what our lives have become, thanks to social media. If not, click on a few more links, and what happens next will AMAZE you.

** Clickbait **

“Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines or eye-catching thumbnail pictures to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over social media.”




5 thoughts on “I Wrote a Post about Clickbait. You won’t Believe What Happened Next …

  1. Clickbait is a new word for me. Though many friends seem to love posting what various surveys say they are, somehow it never intrigued me enough to even try them. It seems like much ado about nothing. Your post is telling me I was right.

  2. I just hate those, and I have some dear friends and extended family who share multitudes of them on Facebook. :-/ I don’t mind some of the quizzes, but I’ve clicked on some and then gotten a window saying that it’s an app and wants access to my contacts and FB information. Nope! And sometimes the thumbnail will look interesting, but I hate that the title is worded in a way to try to lure readers: “You won’t believe what happened after she did THIS!” I even get frustrated with whiny, pity-party posts: “I bet no one will respond to this, but like and share if we’re friends.” Seriously, just start a regular conversation if you want to talk to someone! And “Copy and paste this to promote awareness of abuse/cancer victims/Down’s syndrome children’s needs,” etc., etc. All good causes, but does having a copied post for an hour really do any good? But I don’t want to cause offense to those who post them, especially family members, so I just scroll past or “hide” the posts. But some post so much, I want to say, seriously, can’t you find anything better to do with your time? 🙂

  3. Well, you’ve pushed one of my buttons this morning, Susan. Some of these posts are sooo annoying! I ignore most of them.

  4. I guess I am living under a rock because I have never heard of Clickbait. I can see why you enjoyed the quizzes but I don’t usually do them. I loathe messages I get that insist I forward them to see what happens. I don’t usually forward them, but when I do, nothings happens on my screen or anywhere else that I can see! Enjoyed your post and learning that Clickbait is out there for anyone who is interested.

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