Sponsored Links

The eye tends to wonder.

This is especially true while pointlessly gazing at a computer screen. Recently, and against my better judgment; assuming that’s possible, I got sucked into the dizzying world of sponsored links. You know the stuff at the bottom of the page.

Examples

15 Countries that highly disapprove of Americans… Shocking, right?

22 of the least accurate movies concerning historical events… Wait, some are accurate? Who knew? And who wrote that sentence?

Your IQ is 132 if you get 10/12 on this historical quiz… All right, if there’s one thing I need to know right now it’s whether I’m a mediocre genius.

But wait, there’s more!

25 people who deeply regret shopping online… Well, that means the future is secure if it’s only 25.

30 facts about the “Office” the cast kept hush… Oh, dear God, no!

All of this (and more!) comes from the unbelievably exciting world of clickbait, where productivity goes to die. Why work on that project, book, assignment, taxes, business report, when you can go from page after page after page of photos from the 70s of hot celebrity women not wearing bras!

The epitome of salacious.

The great thing, of course, is your making these sites money because in order to properly waste an entire day, is that you must be spoon fed each page one at a time. No clustering of those braless pics, bro. No, you must painstakingly file through them one page at a time until another sponsored link at the bottom of the page catches your eye and you’re in another rat’s warren of useless information.

But you can always congratulate yourself that it’s not porn.

Normally, I’d write more, but I just found out I can waste the rest of the day searching old high school yearbooks.

Does it get any better than this?

©2019 David William Pearce

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