With just one fast and easy step to all your dreams!!!

 

Staff Writer: Dakota Williams

So let’s talk about click bait. We’ve all seen it once or twice in our daily surfing of the web. whenever it’s something as mysterious as an article that may look real, or something as obvious as say, for example, the con/scams about how if you simply take one mystery pill over some amount of time, you will lose lots of weight. Or, the more common type of click bait, the “Just one simple trick to (enter goal here)

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-08-44-pm” (A click bait drawing)( Found on KeyMediaSolutions.com)

Either-or we can all haply agree to not enjoying these click scams. With me saying this though, not all click bait are scams. some are simply just trying to get your attention for whatever harmless reason, while others will purposely try to get your attention for malicious reasons. For example, trying to obtain your credit card information, or your home address.

Woodstock sophomore Heather Abler had this to say, “I hate clickbait. They should all just go away.”

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-08-58-pm(An Example of click bait) (Found on English Language & Usage – Stack Exchange.com)

Now, there is a difference between a popup, and some click bait (assuming it’s not a click bait popup). A popup for example can, for the most part, be avoided by using ad blocker or some other ad blocking soft ware. Though, I’ve noticed, that popup can be placed in extremely sneaky areas, or even be invisible, and only spotted once click on.  While click bait can be embedded into the website your browsing on, or even the web page itself.

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-09-16-pm(stop click bait hashtag) (Found on stopclickbait.com)

The moral of the story is, to simply be careful when clicking on a title, or quote that is click bait. If you’re not sure if its click bait or not, you can simply research the title in Google or some other search engine, and see how many of the same named, or same articles pop up. But this doesn’t always work, and can sometimes be unreliable. The best way to tell if you’re about to click on some click bait, is to simply look at what is says, for example, if it seems too good to be true, it’s more than likely click bait. Just be careful what you click on.

“Every American has the right not to be violated with blatantly intrusive ads on the internet,” said Woodstock sophomore Malcolm Green.

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