Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you will have realised that the Internet is kind of a big deal. You may have also noticed that all over the web, there are lists. So many lists. More lists than humanity will ever need. So I thought hey, what we really need is one more! So here you have it, the fabulously meta, 3 reasons why you’re (alright, I’m) obsessed with lists. Enjoy.
1. It’s a fun way to procrastinate!
Lists because of their brevity only feel like a small waste of time instead of a colossal ‘what am I even doing with my life’ waste of time. Well, that is until you realise your five-minute break has turned into half an hour.
2. It feels definitive
If there were fifteen and not just five reasons why we should prepare for the apocalypse, surely the author would’ve included them. Research shows that people automatically think information is more credible when you use numbers. Ranking things, helps us prioritise.
3. It’s easy
Easy to write and easy to read. In a too much stuff, too little time world, the list is a win win, for the writer and the reader. For a limited attention span it’s a lot easier to commit to a 5 things you need to know about Syria blog post than focus on a comprehensive report.