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Dear Fellow Facebook Users,

Let’s get it out in the open. The excessive use of the phrase of “click bait” has to end.

I have this weird Facebook habit of reading the comments section of an article. In many cases it is much more interesting than the article itself.

The endless thread of overly confident commenters arguing about the never ending string of issues that plaster our Facebook news feeds.

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You will come across the typical troll, commenting just to annoy everyone else. They are usually extremely negative and say the most outlandish things.

You have the I don’t care what they do the president is wrong, no matter which president is in office. They will also bash said president on posts that have nothing to do with politics, such as fashion, movies, or which TV shows were cancelled.

On the flip side, you have the opposing commenter that praises the president on posts that like the previous, have nothing to do with politics.

You have the spammer. They let you know that you can make $5,000 a week right from your home. All you have to do is click the link, which will most likely take you to dirty site (hope you have your volume on mute) and will crash your computer.

You have the “you are beautiful, you are worth it” inspirational poster.

There’s the God is good, Jesus loves you reminder.

Don’t forget about the tragic story over sharer. Yeah, we know the story is a fake just like your profile.

Then there is the person that blames the Kardashians.

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Finally, we get to the worst of the worst. The commenter that always gets the #1 comment and the most likes. The person that gets all of the praise and is sometimes referred to as a hero. I am talking about the one that rises above and ends “click bait”. I really hate you.

Is a hate a strong word? Well then, I really really really don’t like you. Why can I not stand you? Well, 9 times out of 10 what you are commenting on is NOT click bait. Let’s turn to Urban Dictionary shall we?

The top definition of click bait is:

An [eye catching] link on a website which encourages people to read on. It is often paid for by the advertiser (“Paid” click bait) or generates income based on the number of clicks.

This is not news, really. It’s click bait, the stuff [page views] are made of.

Not every article on Facebook is click bait. I know crazy right?

Did you get mad at newspaper headlines? No? Why not?

Guess what? News organizations are going to use enticing headlines for ALL of their stories. It’s called doing their jobs.

Now, for all of those who thank said person for ending “click bait” and saving them a click. Is clicking the page to actually read it for yourself all that difficult? You got through school on SparkNotes didn’t you?

So please, stop calling every single article click bait. Stop writing a SparkNotes version of the article in the comments. Please, stop thanking these people and just read the article if it interests you. If it doesn’t, move along.

Sincerely,

A Fellow Facebook User.


 

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