Clickbait headlines, made famous by questionable websites such as BuzzFeed and UpWorthy, now get their magic cut short by Twitter account @SavedYouAclick which quickly summarises what's behind that catchy headline -- usually not a heck of a lot. The Onion is having some fun with this too with their ClickHole.
It's not surprising that the people who seem to love this account best are journalists. Because of their trade, they're likely to read more stupid headlines than any reasonable person would choose to.
That said, I've held off on writing about @SavedYouAClick because the headlines it's deftly mocking just don't bother me very much. They used to, but at some point, I just decided that any tweet or headline that withheld a piece of information was probably doing so because the reveal just wasn't that surprising. And so now my brain processes those tweets the way it processes sponsored content or dubious 'related links.' It filters them out.
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