11 Ways To Avoid Clickbait!

11 Ways To Avoid Clickbait!

#4 Will Blow Your Mind!
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Picture this. You’re just scrolling along through Facebook, minding other peoples’ business, when all of a sudden an outrageous, compelling, and overwhelmingly useless article shows up. Maybe one of your friends shared it, or maybe it’s a sponsored post that somehow found its way to your newsfeed through the dark depths of your previous Google searches. Either way, the article is a can’t-miss and must be read now.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been here. I mean, there. However, there are secrets to avoiding the time-wasting joys of the new Internet sensation of clickbait. Here they are:

1. Don’t click on it.

This strategy is actually pretty simple. All that is required of you is to not click on the distracting article. Maybe you can close out of Facebook and go back to writing that essay you’ve been putting off. Perhaps you can go apply for that job that will be taken by tomorrow. You could even keep scrolling through Facebook if you want, but whatever you do, don’t click on that article.

2. Don’t click on any related articles.

There’s going to be articles on the side that claim to be related to the one you’re reading. Don’t read those either.

3. Remember that most GIFs are taken way out of context.

"Aww, what a cute little panda!" you say to yourself, unaware that this panda is actually being tormented by scientists researching a rare condition called Rocking Horse Vertigo Disease.

4. Hug your father.

Sources say that there is a strong correlation between a close relationship with your dad and a productive life free of pointless disturbances. When you get home, make sure to show your father that you love him just as much as you hate clickbait.

5. Don’t fall for anything that you might feel connected to or agree with.

Some of those distracting articles are written by some pretty clever people. They may seem to be on your side by saying things like “We’ve all been there,” or “This article is a can’t-miss,” or even “Don’t click on it.” They don’t actually relate to you, though, so don’t fall for it.

6. If you’ve gotten this far, you’re already failing.

Studies have shown that reaching number six in a clickbait article is a good indication that you’re a product of a corrupt government and will continue to be distracted from the evils of society until your clueless little mind is transported into a computer.

7. Don’t get caught up in crazy conspiracies made by Internet lunatics.

100001110111000011111001010111110010. When you are a computer, this will all make sense.

8. Were you ever on "The Office"? No? Then you are not a character from "The Office."

Successful clickbait can capitalize on your procrastination and your familiarity with pop culture to increase its revenue and decrease your productivity. Some online quizzes convince you that you are similar to someone from a hit TV show, when in reality you are a boring, forgettable person with absolutely no worth to anything.

9. Stay away from articles that belittle you.

You are worth so much. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

10. Don’t fall for any reverse psychology trick that the writer might be trying to pull off.

Sometimes, clickbait writers will tell you one thing but actually mean the exact opposite. For example, a clickbait writer may tell you that you'll never believe what will happen when a man and a crocodile get into a fight, but you really can believe it (the man kills the crocodile and sells the skin to the Steve Irwin Foundation).

11. Go outside.

Take that preoccupied mind of yours to a place void of social boundaries, where you can be free from the demonic construct of clicking and--just, get out here. Leave.

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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