Disclaimer : For this listicle, talking of the reasons for not liking them, I am playing the devil’s advocate.
I do like Listicles very much (I have been writing them for my blog every Friday for the past five months and would continue to do so for a very long time, unless I step up on the evolutionary ladder).
I also understand that there are plenty of people out there who really do not like these lists masquerading as articles and here I am empathizing with them.
1. We read for a voice. And sadly a listicle does not have enough text or material or explanation to develop the writer’s voice.
2. We read to be informed and to understand. We look for biases and arguments that confirm our views or contradict us. But a listicle is just a bunch of facts thrown at us. There is no building up of an argument nor are there any supporting facts. The listicle can be one dimensional.
3. We don’t like to be told that we have the attention span of a goldfish. And that is exactly what the pithy statements and the numbered list insinuates.
4. We don’t find the arguments in ascending or descending order. They are just there. As they come to the writer’s mind, they get written down and published. There seems to be no method to the madness of presenting the bite sized information.
5. We don’t like it quick and easy. We like it slow stewed. We don’t just want bite sized nuggets of the conclusions; we need a premise, then supporting facts, then counter arguments and then the conclusion.
By extension, we are not into fast food. We want a five course meal.
6. We don’t get enough to read. The word count in the Listicles is low and sometimes, God forbid, there are pictures and gifs, instead of real words.
7. We feel that they are put together sloppily. The writer may be busy or just trying to generate content or putting out a filler but that is none of our concern. A writer’s duty is to write well and from the soul.
8. We don’t think they have a logical glue that holds things together. They don’t convince. They just present a bunch of things, which may not even be related to each other much.
9. We clutch our head when they are ridiculous and the head-clutching can be quite often.
Seventeen Signs Your Grandmother Might Secretly be a Loan Shark
Thirteen Surprising Reasons to Sleep with a Pumpkin under Your Pillow
One Reason that a count of Two can be a listicle
These could make some people hyperventilate.
10. We cannot seem to find any high brow language. Heck, some even use emojis!
11. We feel that they sound like grocery lists. The items on the list could even be unrelated. In an actual supermarket, they can be found in completely different aisles.
12. We consider them to be a lower form of prose and keep wondering if the listicle generators are proper writers.
13. We think that they sound lazy and even shallow. The material is so short that they finish before we can make up our minds over anything. We want our brains to be challenged because hey, we depend only on reading for everything in our lives.
This listicle is part of Friday Listicles, a weekly feature that professes our love for anything that is presented in a numbered or bulleted form, paving the way for a happy weekend.