Business Insider, in the tradition of the Huffington Post, have developed a reputation for sensationalist click-bait headlines. The publication has also mastered the the art of the slideshow, turning countless listicles into 10,000+ pageview generating slideshows. This is all understandable, and even forgivable, when your livelihood (read: revenue stream) depends on your ability to generate pageviews. The BI methodology simply works - but maybe not always in the way it is intended.
Business Insider blogger Dylan Love, in classic BI form, has posted a slideshow detailing the 8 mobile applications currently ruining his life. And it’s not just a “these apps suck don’t use them” post, it’s a “these apps are literally making my life worse” post
Maybe I’m a closet technophobe or maybe I’m an idealist to a fault, but there are certain apps that are slowly ruining my life.
He goes on to list them.
1) TurboTax because they lobby the government to keep tax filing complicated.
2) Lift because it reminds him of his inadequacies when he’s too lazy to continue good habits/make good choices.
3) Apple Maps because… reasons. And Google Maps is better.
4) SnapChat because if you don’t turn on the privacy control, strangers could send you pictures.
5) Seamless because it makes ordering takeout too easy.
6) Dictionary.com app because it tells you what words mean. Seriously.
7) Twitter because if you don’t check it all the you feel like you’re missing out on LIFE.
8) Facebook because see #7.
I’m no psychologist, but the source of [BIG WORD ALERT] perturbation in Mr. Love’s life seems to be something far different than 8 mobile applications. Furthermore, should you or your loved ones ever feel like a mobile application is ruining your life do something that takes exactly 2 seconds - delete it.
The ridiculousness and sensationalism of BI’s slideshow and the writer’s reasoning notwithstanding, there is likely a small bit of truth there somewhere - and that is that the 24/7 connection we have to our friends as well as a great deal of the known information in the world can result in unintended consequences. The trick, both in dealing with this perpetual connectivity and in dealing with anything in life, is to be self aware and learn self-control. It’s not easy for most people - but it’s doable.