Archive for November 15th, 2018

November 15, 2018

#141) The new red flag hashtag

If you waste as much time on social media as I do, you may have noticed a new hashtag on list articles that pop up in your feed: #Nonextbuttons.

In response to growing annoyance among users at having to click “next” to work their way through lists of former child celebrities who have fallen on hard times, reasons to eat walnuts and inspirational quotes for your smaller breast, many content creators have received the message and have placed the entire list on one page and placed #nonextbuttons in the preview link.

What exactly is the problem with #nonextbuttons? Isn’t it just a perfectly reasonable response to demand in the marketplace? There’s no problem with #nonextbuttons, but it is a red flag nevertheless.

When one sees an article with #nonextbuttons, it begs the question: is this something that simply must be read, right now, next buttons or not? For “research” purposes, I decided to search #nonextbuttons on my Facebook feed and see what came up. The first five articles with that hashtag were:

Statin side effects: 5 reasons why you should not take statins

Didn’t know what a statin is before I saw this article; this article didn’t pique my curiosity just because it has #nonextbuttons so I still don’t know what a statin is.

20 tips to help you take control of your health

No.

15 amazing attributes of God: What they mean and why they matter

I’m a Jew.

A list of the 25 best-selling video games of all time

As an on-again off again video game nerd, this topic might be of some interest to me depending on my mood, but #nonextbuttons is not a selling point. If I’m interested, I don’t mind clicking the next buttons; if I’m not, I’m not going to click to begin with.

22 foods to eat now to add years of healthy life

Yes, I know avocados are awesome. I still fucking hate them.

You and I will both probably spend way too much time online, especially on social media, before our lives are through. However, for me, each #nonextbutton has become a sort of signpost – a “has it really come to this?” moment akin to theĀ Simpsons episode where the library has a banner proclaiming, “We have books about television.” Let’s face it, #nonextbutton is not something we are likely to come across while doing something productive. Yes, we need our down time; no one can be a hero every waking hour. Still, while I don’t begrudge people their right to use it, #nonextbutton has become a warning for me, a reminder that at that given moment, I’ve probably spent too much time on social media and should focus my energy elsewhere.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to check out the list of 20 details I didn’t notice in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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