I feel sad for my race and India. Being out of India for some time I had not realized the state of the Internet and social media in India. The Viral fever’s latest Arnub video had something of the likes of scoopwhoop, I was wondering what that is.

And a few days later I know.

Its India’s Buzzfeed, a site which publishes a series of mindless articles day in and day out which deliver little value to the user but have shock/lure elements to ensure they laugh their way to the bank. Its one of the few times you can feel yourself becoming dumber while reading something.

All of it is clickbait and nothing else. Incase you dont know what clickbait is, Urban Dictionary very elegantly defines it as :

An eyecatching 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.

I wont link to any of their pages to demonstrate how stupid their articles are, but in their fashion, we have :

5 headlines you wont believe articles could ever have !

 

5. 22 Times When Shahrukh Khan Was Possessed And In Need Of Exorcism

Yes, being possessed is a real thing, and this article was complete with Shahrukh wearing a nose-ring with a highly pierced goat. Bet you never thought you would see that one too.

4. If You Feel Your Butt Is Plotting Against You, This Ad Might Just Be What You Need

Wow, do you feel your butt is plotting against you, what about your colon, and your kidneys, surely your Adam’s apple is plotting against you. At this moment all I can feel is that my eyes are plotting against me that I have to read such shitty headlines.

3. Ever Wondered What Happens When A Car Ingests A Viagra Pill Accidentally?

Yeah, there is nothing wrong with you if you wondered that, everyone wonders what happens when a car ‘ingests’ (sic!) a Viagra pill, that too accidentally, stay there while I call the mental hospital.

2. Girl Calls Up Her Ex And Cries On The Phone. Her Pain Sounds A Lot Like A Snoop Dogg Hit

And the article is accompanied by a photo of a dolphin jumping next to next to a dancing Snoop Dogg. If this isn’t clickbait, I don’t know what is.

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And last but not the least, this isn’t humorous but just sad. As if it was not enough that a fame hungry actor has been exploiting the poor and making videos of them without any regard to their privacy and dignity, we have creepy sites like Scoopwhoop promoting shit like this via even worse clickbaity headlines :

1. Watching This Child Labourer Eat At McDonald’s For The First Time Will Break Your Heart

 

I hope you understood the reason for this article, stop clicking on stupid posts in facebook and sharing them. Sites like these only serve to insult your intelligence. An hour spent reading this crap is so much worse than say an hour spent on Quora or reading your favorite book or even watching TV.

So the next time you see a ridiculous post, resist that temptation to click, remember the other person is just trying to make money off you by insulting your intelligence.