Nowadays, I still play this game from time to time (in my head) and I realize a lot of what I hate now has to do with new technology, the internet, and social media. For example, I hate when someone shares a video on Facebook and it takes you to one of those sites that gives a long description of the video while at the same time raising your expectations of how great the video will be. Then you watch it, and it's not all that. This happened to me today when someone shared a video from Shareably.com, a huge offender. The title was:
Groom steps out onto the dance floor, performs an incredible Michael Jackson-inspired dance
Ooh! That sounds promising. "INCREDIBLE" and a "MICHAEL JACKSON-inspired dance'? I'll click on it! Then you get to the site where two paragraphs are written about the video you're about to see. When I first clicked on it earlier today, I didn't bother to read this stuff (I never do anymore), but this one starts with:
A wedding day is incredibly special, but for [so-and-so], he wanted it to be something truly magical and unforgettable. To make this happen, he hatched a plan for something that was totally unique and would blow all his wedding guests away.Oh! The anticipation of seeing this video!
Then I watched the video.
At first I thought it was cool. Good for him. But, I certainly wasn't blown away. After a minute and thirty seconds, I thought it was way too long. I also realized I was more interested in the groomsman who starts out on the left and seems to be a better dancer. When the bride finally came out at 2:45, I realized this was really a performance for the groom to show off--it wasn't about them as a couple at all. Then I turned it off because I was bored.
This happens All. The. Time. These sites build it up only for me to be let down. Yet, I still click on them. Just not that often. Also, on the off chance that it IS a good video that I do indeed love and want to share, I always find the original video on YouTube and post it rather than linking to the site. It's all just click bait and, well: