And can our e-day really be complete without sharing at least one cute animal video? You know you all do it. And who hasn’t been tempted to share a political meme, but at the last moment backed off in case you offended any of your Facebook Friends, and instead shared a 5-year photo of a memorable meal that Facebook reminded you about this morning?
Lessons in Life have now been e-reformatted into condensed bullet-point lists. So your online life-coach is a perpetual PowerPoint slideshow, filling in the alarming gaps in knowledge with such core essentials as
- 10 things you never knew about your microwave’s inner feelings,
- 7.25 ways paperclips can enhance your love life
- 45 things you never knew about Mongolia’s mediaeval dental history, and
- 15 absolute worst times to offer a high five (e.g. at a colonoscopy or a funeral). And yes, this last list really IS genuine.
We all know these inane, lazy digests represent stupid knowledge for stupid people who can’t cope with too many words. But as stupid people are usually too stupid to know they’re stupid (it’s true – it’s known as the Dunning-Kruger effect), we can read the bullet point lists with a clear conscience. After all, we can all peer-review offerings with which we can readily identify, such as “5 reasons why we should never get married” (what happened to the other 129?).
And who could resist such endearing invitations, such as “People sexually attracted to food.” That one made me wonder if anyone has compiled a “10 ways to know if you are a wanker?” – and guess what? There are HUNDREDS of them. I bet you’re Googling that right now! Look here.
I was going to begin this blog with “10 reasons not to forget how useful books can be”. But I had too much fun wandering off at this tangent. Maybe next time. Meanwhile I am off to see if I can find some interesting articles that DON’T follow the first paragraph with 25 colour photos of overweight celebs in bikinis.