I get why people post lists. They’re easy to write, don’t require much thought and they have a better liklihood of getting dugg or retweeted than a normal post. They’re the pop songs of the blogger world.
Here’s the thing about lists that I really hate – it’s a format that tends to breed laziness in writers. A perfectly good writer will sit down to write a list on a perfectly good topic and end up churning out a bunch of nonsense. It turns out that there aren’t always 10 good examples of everything or 10 reasons why. Sometimes there are only 3 or 4 (or 2). Most lists end up being stuffed full of filler.
Here’s a perfect example: I was excited when I saw this title flash by on Twitter, Top Ten Things A Woman Never Wants To See In A Guy’s Apartment. I thought it would be a good (but thoughtful) laugh. And then I read the list.
1. A bunch of Josh Groban CDs
2. A doll collection
3. A framed photos of his ex
4. A jar of Vaseline and box of tissues on the coffee table
5. Dirty underwear with skidmarks on the bathroom floor
6. An empty toilet paper roll
7. A bunch of swords and knives displayed as decoration
8. A cape
9. Pubes on the sofa
10. Lots of cats
Haha, funny. Of these, only the empty roll of toilet paper rang true for me. The others just seemed like a bunch of bad jokes. Really bad. I mean, seriously. There are so many things that I really don’t want to see in a guy’s apartment. Real things that are real warning signs. That are funny/scary (I once noticed that pictures had been removed before I got there because there were dust lines where pictures had been. Another time I had a guy proudly show me his bookcase full of porn. Hundreds and hundreds of magazines and books, lovingly displayed.) If the writer of this article has actually ever dated a guy who had a doll collection or left dirty underwear with skidmarks on the bathroom floor, then I feel sorry for her.
But then, I guess I missed the point. It was just a joke. A funny, silly, fluffy piece that I was supposed to take 20 seconds to read through and then giggle at. Except it wasn’t all that funny.
What about you ladies, are there things you never want to see in a guy’s apartment? Real things?
Tags: Porn, The Frisky, Twitter