6 Reasons Why College Students Love BuzzFeed
It’s no secret that college students love BuzzFeed. It’s our best tool to combat boredom and perpetuate procrastination.
What is BuzzFeed, you ask? BuzzFeed is described on its website as an online news source that is “redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology.” It’s soft, sharable news, catering to the young adult demographic, by the young adult demographic.
BuzzFeed’s media content ranges anywhere from tween girls bawling over One Direction losing a band member to firsthand coverage of ISIS and other world news. We can’t get enough of BuzzFeed, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
In the BuzzFeed spirit, I have attempted to create the most BuzzFeed-worthy blog post humanly possible.
What We Love About BuzzFeed
We love lists! Our brains systematically and automatically break large amounts of complicated information and processes into smaller chunks that are easier to process and retain. From “23 Annoying Things Short Girls are Tired of Hearing” to “21 Women Who Are Really Pulling Off This Pixie Haircut Thing,” we simply cannot process any information about pop culture without it being broken down into tiny chunks and assigned a numerical value.
We also love the feeling of connecting with others through that “Oh my God, that’s so true” or “This is so me!” feeling that we get when we realize that other people share similar viewpoints.
Quizzes are vital tools in helping us discover our true selves. For example, I never knew that I was more of a “Monica” than a “Rachel” until I took the “What Friends Character Are You?” quiz on BuzzFeed. Now my entire life makes sense, especially my annoying habit of constantly reorganizing my closet.
GIFs are little magical rectangles of moving pictures that both excite us and infatuate us. Is it a picture? Is it a video? Is it both? Why does it loop? What is the meaning of GIF? Is there life after GIF? Is there an almighty GIF out there, watching over us all?
4. BuzzFeed Videos.
We love studying culture through watching people try the nastiest, most unique foods from other cultures while making ridiculous, witty comments and general assumptions about what it must be like to grow up in said cultures. Who knew that a popular Pakistani snack would be “basically instant Ramen” and spicy? Or that German food is not all sausage and beer? Me!
5. Pop Culture Conversation Starters
You can’t forget your standard pop culture articles that are a must for any casual conversation. I’m talking specifically about those entertainment stories that have just enough pop to them to create a few lines of discussion between you and a fellow classmate before your professor walks in and begins to take attendance.
You: “Hey, did you hear that Haley Joel Osment is all grown up and is in the movie ‘Entourage’?”
Classmate: “No, I didn’t. Does he still look cripplingly awkward?”
6. ’90s Nostaglia
Of course, BuzzFeed would not be complete without articles reminiscing over the simpler days — days when platform flip flops and floppy disks were totally all that and a bag of chips. Where would we college students be without constant reminders of our favorite childhood television shows, like “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” or “Power Rangers”? Where else on the Internet would we find articles like “If Instagram Existed In The ’90s” to satisfy our thirst for proving to ourselves that we were, in fact, born into the best decade of all time?
So yeah, BuzzFeed is a really big deal to most college students, but it can be dangerous. What started off as one quick quiz titled “Which TV Mom and Child Relationship Are You and Your Mom?” during a study break can quickly turn into a three-hour Internet binge session. You won’t snap out of it either until you find yourself on YouTube watching videos about how to care for and maintain dreads even though you never, ever plan on having dreads yourself.
The moral of the story is this: BuzzFeed is great, but like most great things, there is a time and a place for it. Studying for an anatomy practical is not the time, nor place. BuzzFeed is a wonderful resource when you need a study break, but be sure to set limits for yourself before you click that link on Facebook.