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The Shocking Truth about Clickbait!
The Shocking Truth: How Click Bait Addiction Will Ruin Your Life!
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Click bait is the eye candy of the internet. A title or picture so tantalizing that we can’t resist clicking on it.
Clickbait: What is it?
Provocative or sensationalistic headline text that entices people to click on a link to an article, used as a publishing tactic to increase webpage views and associated ad revenue. - Source: THE AMERICAN HERITAGE® DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, FIFTH EDITION
Something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest
- It is difficult to remember a time when you could scroll through the social media outlet of your choice and not be bombarded with: You'll never believe what happened when … This is the cutest thing ever … This the biggest mistake you can make … Take this quiz to see which character you are on … They are all classic clickbait models. —Emily Shire - Source: Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web.
Journalism and Social Media
Common Factors of a Clickbait Title