Find out how to combat clickbait in 2019!

You got baited! Isn’t this ironic?

       I was searching for content to complain about when the word “Buzzfeed” came through my head. So I took a blush over their site and I was not disappointed. Frustrated, but not disappointed. Just what I expected!

       The reason for this post to exist is obvious. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! But what I actually dislike is the fact that this is just one of the few examples. The site is full of posts like this! And they all have the same format!

  1. Clickbait title (All of them include price and 2019.)
  2. Sub-titles (Which are actually descriptions but in Bold.)
  3. Photo of product (Just the photo.)
  4. More description (On the 10$ post you find out that the product is 9.95$.)

Now, that we know how all posts are made, we only have to analyze one.

       A pack of pimple patches to stop acne IN ITS TRACKS. They protect your skin, preventing further damage or reinfection, while absorbing oil and pus to shrink the zit and reduce redness, helping it heal *so* much faster.

Yes, that is the title! Now, let’s move on. Basically, this is a bandage but with cream on the sticky part. This product is worthless, yet it drew our attention over the title. But what am I analyzing? I was supposed to explain why this article is a clickbait one. This is just the title which gets the attention. The product is simple, so there is nothing to analyze about this. Just the way the description is made. A useless thing that gets attention with ease. Impressive.

Cyberbullying and school

       I have noticed that cyberbullying is becoming a popular topic. At least in my class. But this is NOT supposed to be a real concern. Now, people that got cyberbullied might be thinking (*mockingly)”But I got cyberbullied!”. Yes, you were cyberbullied but that is not a real problem. Why? Because you can log out of your Instagram or whatever platform you were bullied on, you can block the bully, you can NOT accept friend requests from strangers. Besides, the bully’s account will be closed if you report him, so they will not harm your weak feelings again.

       But I did not mention school yet! What I hate the most is when online arguments between classmates become a subject to discuss in class. This is worthless, since you can also reply and roast the bully so hard that you ruin their life or you can simply do what I said above. Moreover, the argument was not a bloody fight and did not happen because of school, so why is this evolving to waste *precious* class time when kids can deal with it themselves.

However, there are ways you can be harmed on social media, usually when someone publicly shares rumors about you. Then you can do nothing but strike back. And I will give you some tips in another post.

       This video

                                                         

       Basically, this boy made a popular video about cyberbullying.  I am unsure about the reason. School project or personal experience? Anyways, I will shortly describe the video. This boy keeps getting hate messages online. After every hate message is received, he gets hit, out of nowhere. In the end he hangs himself. While analyzing this video, I could see that mistakes were made. First off, the messages where the “Your mom gay.” kind. Instead, the boy did not reply with “No U!”. He just let a random person call him fat or gay, without blocking them or replying.

       The difference

Now, I expressed my opinion about cyberbullying. Now, what is the difference between bullying and cyberbullying? The first difference is which one you can avoid. Bullying happens at school. We can say that it happens in society. And you can’t live outside a society and not develop mental problems. So if you are bullied, you have more options. Either you take the bullying in face, you exile yourself from society or you take action. I remember when I was in fifth grade, a classmate bullied me and after two weeks I hit his head on the whiteboard. No one saw that and he left me alone. This is what you do in real life. And what you can do online is what you read.