What does the headline we click on say about us?

I am drawn to stories about those who exhibit qualities I lack.

Paul Duffy
3 min readMar 15, 2021
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When I feel I’m living fearfully, I enjoy tales of those who act courageously. If I’m living emotionally, with no capacity for a poker face, I seek inspiration from those who remain unflappable in the face of disaster. This is how I choose what to read… most of the time, but then I began to wonder what the headlines I am clicking on are also saying about me.

Below are 15 headlines picked from the the top ranked Medium articles of all time. As you scan through them, is there a theme to emotions that resonate most powerfully?

  1. The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You
  2. Something is wrong on the internet
  3. Laziness Does Not Exist (But unseen barriers do)
  4. A quick beginner’s guide to drawing
  5. You’re Not Lazy (The last motivational blog post you’ll ever need.)
  6. How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind
  7. How I Hacked 40 Websites in 7 minutes
  8. You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry.
  9. 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science
  10. How Quitting My Corporate Job for My Startup Dream



Paul Duffy

An ocean loving, tea drinking nomad. Curiosity can elevate us above our wiring.