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Why Does Everyone Falls for Click Bait

 

In our ever evolving technological world, entertainment is easier to get your hands on than ever. Youtube is one of the most visited websites everyday by millions of people. The reason for this is because Youtube can provide so many things such as tutorials, entertainment, and ideas. On every youtube video, you might notice that there is always a photo and some text to give a short idea/description of the video. Click bait is a term that is used to describe thumbnails and descriptions that are specifically designed to attract more people. As someone who watches quite a bit of youtube, I am always more likely to click on a video with a better thumbnail than one that doesn’t. Many people also fall for click bait and today we are going to explore why.

 

How does Click bait work:

Click bait is a term that is commonly used to describe youtube videos that lure people in by using trending photos and ideas. Wikipedia’s description of Click bait is, “A teaser that aims to exploit the curiosity gap, providing just enough information to make readers of news websites curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.

 

So why does EVERYONE fall for Click bait:

Click bait is easy to fall for because of how they can easily grab your attention and cause you to become curious. The funniest thing about Click bait is that most of the time people can tell that a video is using Click bait, but even so, we can’t help but let our curiosity get the best of us. Seeing interesting titles and thumbnails causes different emotions to happen and makes it easier to click on that video. Click bait is such an interesting topic to talk about because not many people realize what it is and how it affects youtube.

 

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