I've been using the Internet since the early/mid-'90s. I've seen lots of changes. Many of them are good. Progress and all that, right? Recently, however, I've started to snap out of it. It's not all good. There are trends out there now that are ruining what's come to be expected on the Internet: for example, instant gratification. Whether this is to confirm whether something is good or sucks, you still want it now. This is being ruined. For example... What's Ruining the Internet 1) You click on a link to see a list of items promised by an enticing link, usually ranging from five to forty items or so. This is usually "The best" this or that, or "The top funniest" this or that, or what to do or what not to do, etc. 2) You expect to see a quick and easy list usually within seconds of clicking the link. It is the Internet after all, amirite? 3) You are forced to watch a 45-second commercial for a product/service clearly geared toward a market too wide, as you either a) currently have no interest in it, or b) will never have an interest in it—this DESPITE IT BEING ON THE INTERNET, the MECCA of contextual advertising. 4) You are then given a basic introduction to the list, usually accompanied by a picture depicting one of the list items. However, it's a tease because it doesn't tell you which list item it is. The introduction, though usually terse and cogent, doesn't really offer any useful information if you're even modestly educated. 5) You are then forced to click to see the first item. You eagerly do so because by now you're a bit annoyed at not having seen the list yet. It's only upon clicking that you realize, "Wait, what? First item?" 6) By now you are annoyed at having to click twice and wait more than 45-seconds to see what you were after whilst simultaneously being frustrated at realizing you might not see a list after all. In fact, you are expected to click through each item individually—this despite webpages being built in such a way to permit a hypothetical infinite amount of space. 7) You then determine if this list was so important to be worth the time to load another four to forty pages. 8) Even if you do deem it important, you realize that, hey, this isn't really a list after all. It's more of a narrative. 9) You now either a) give up despite what you feel about the "list," or b) trudge through it grudgingly. 10) You then vow to never click on a link that seems to promise a list but has a high likelihood of not actually doing so. These are usually identified by an enticing photo that seems to depict a yet-to-be revealed list item. You now realize that this is what hooks you in the first place. You now know it's probably not worth finding out what list item that is. You now know you're probably better off not knowing, as it is usually rather anticlimactic. You now know it's a marketing gimmick to get people to watch/see more contextual ads. You are now jaded, because all you wanted to see was a quick and simple fucking list. Conclusion: What's ruining the Internet is what's ruining the beautiful idea of lists. People like lists. They're ruining lists! What's ruining the Internet for you?