Listicles, a recently popular literary form seen on internet media seems to have forayed into YWS grounds. They seem to communicate information and humour effectively and the current data on the website seems to indicate potential for an increase in such literary forms. In this analysis of listicles adhering to a specific theme, we have identified potential areas for research into listicle reception by readers with a high number of likes but a lower number of comments as well as the topics that excite the current crop of young writers.
Among the literary techniques that have come up in the last five years, the 'Listicle', has remained a crowd favourite, being widely accepted by a younger demographic. The typical Listicle introduces the topic with a headline including a cardinal number, usually milestone numbers such as five or ten, however, random numbers have also been employed to be viewed as a deviation from the norm. Following a headline which is known act as a literary hook, the article is divided into a list, each member of which may or may not have a short paragraph detailing the list item.
In this review, we have focused on the recent submissions in the 'humour' category which talk about the reasons that cause certain person to be scared.
Analysis of the eight different articles currently published, the reasons proposed varied extensively.The data was sorted into the following top categories being - Kingdom Animalia, Science Fiction, Management, Tourist attractions, Probabilities and Statistics, Healthcare and Social Networks (Fig.1).
Fig.1. Summary of fear factors
Analysis of the reception of these listicles was done on the number of likes and comments each one received as shown in figures 2 and 3.
Fig.2. Likes received by each article
Fig.3. Comments left on each article
Our preliminary results suggest that there could be a wide variety of reasons that may cause fear, the current set of studies available are insufficient in terms of depth of study as well as corroboration of the facts. Expansion of this project will need to look into an analysis of current pop culture and social networks influencing the opinions. There exists a lot of variability in these factors, we will need to further broaden our binning processes.
The usage of listicles has been greatly appreciated by the memberbase, with the mean number of likes being 25, as seen in Fig.2, significantly more than the average number an article gets. While although, the number of likes is high, the number of comments and quality of the reviews is much lower than expected. This maybe an indicative feature of appreciating and critiquing humour in listicles, or the brevity in itself. Further research is to be done to look at the other confounding variables that might affect this data interpretation.
While the choice of the subject for the initial pilot was unanimous, in accordance with HIPPAA Privacy Rules , we will refer to the person with the unique test ID : A5698M2.
Data collection was done using an extensive search of site's database using key words such as fear, 10 reasons, afraid, as of 20 October, 2015, 1300hours, EST.
The authour can be contacted for further details on the methods.