Why I Hate Buzzfeed
Buzzfeed has ruined my Facebook feed, particularly with its stupid lists. There’s seriously a list for everything imaginable. And it’s actually awful.
It’s not just Buzzfeed, and it’s not just written lists. Below are links from the Huffington Post, for Christ’s sake. I mean, I know Huff Post doesn’t have any dignity regardless, but honestly. Oh my god and they’ve turned them into videos too. Some of the things linked about are not just written lists, but when you click on some of them, an embedded YouTube video is all you get. People are even too lazy to read the list! Now they need to watch it!
I feel like we’re lowering expectations of intelligence by organizing things into these lists. It’s as if no one has the patience to just read anymore; they need a list with headings that allow them to ignore the explanations below the headings if they want to, but they still get the immediate satisfaction of feeling like they read and learned something.
Why do all these articles talk about such mundane things? 11 Secrets Cats Don’t Want You To Know? Really? Why is this relevant? Shouldn’t we be talking about real issues in the world? There is plenty of shit going down, but we’re too busy reading about 10 Healthy Substitutes For Mayonnaise.
Then there’s topics that have the potential to be interesting but are dumbed down so that people will actually read them. If you want to write about characteristics of sensitive people, why don’t you just write about the characteristics of sensitive people? 16 Habits Of Highly Sensitive People introduces such obscure characteristics, the information is completely useless. Are we incapable of doing research and introducing a few studies that analyze the actual behavior of the abstract term “sensitive people”? Are we incapable of researching some actual  Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dreaming?
Then I feel like headings such as 13 Signs You Grew Up As An Only Child implies that it might actually contain *all* of the possible signs that one grew up as an only child. As if there can only be 13 signs; no more, no less. It almost gives a false sense of having all the answers in this super creatively named article.
I mean, I get it. I get curious and I click on these occasionally. But I open it up, realize how useless this information is, and close that down before it starts to hurt my IQ. With all the hours you spend reading these stupid god damn lists, you could read an actual book. Like, by a real author. Who put time and effort into a thesis and an argument. Not some wanna-be journalist playing to the simple needs of a procrastinating college student.
Speaking of which, I’m supposed to be writing a paper right now instead of this rant. I should get back to that. BRB.
P.S. I think it’s worth noting that I put minimal effort into this rant. Which makes two points. First, I didn’t research as much as I could have; I could have found all the other websites on the internet that have articles like this. I could also look for other rants similar to this one. They have to exist. They have to. Second, I didn’t even try to find the articles I used above. I just opened up a Huff Post and Buzzfeed and clicked the first few I saw, and they just happened to go along with the points I wanted to make. Which is sad. I was able to find something I think is awful waaaay too easily.
I hate the world.