Buzz F. Hubbert, a research scientist in the field of information systems and data analysis, has caused massive controversy today by claiming the Internet will run out of list articles by 2020.
List articles have become a hugely popular form of content for online publications to create. They are hugely effective and require very little time, energy or concentration to consume.
Over the last number of years, there has been an explosion of list articles appearing online and this one researcher claims that the world has already reached “peak list” levels.
Buzz F. Hubbert’s Peak List Theory basically claims that the Internet has already discovered and produced over 50% of all possible list articles and that it will become harder and harder to source and produce lists going into the future.
The research suggests that all list articles will be completely depleted by 2020 and that the Internet will have to find alternative forms of content that people will be able to consume just as brainlessly.
Hubbert commented online that:
There are 3 specific reasons why lists will be depleted by 2020. 1: Population growth will drive the demand for lists exponentially and this will reduce supply at an ever increasing rate. 2: Increase in population will increase the amount of content creators, again depleting the supply of list articles and 3: global warming.
However not everyone is convinced of Hubbert’s theory and claim that his model is overly simplified and does not take into account untapped areas that have not yet been developed into lists, such as; The 13 Most Annoying Things About Being A Suicide Bomber, 28 Signs Your Masturbating Too Much and The Top 10 Ways to Use Nostalgia and Current Pop Culture To Create A List On The DailyEdge.ie.
The growth in lists online has been fuelled by readers showing a higher propensity to click on numbered articles. This in turn is forcing content creators to produce lists at the expense of in depth editorials and analysis.
Currently the world is consuming around 90 million lists per day, the highest level on recorded Internet history. However people who reject Hubbert’s theory say that there is no substantial evidence to support his claim and that just because list consumption is at an all time high, does not mean that the world is about to run out of the popular content format.
List articles are now a daily feature in millions of people’s lives and finding a replacement for them may be one of the biggest challenges to face mankind.