Why do we love lists? I've got the top 10 reasons we love lists right here.


  • 1

    We Know What's Next

    It's pretty clear that as we read a list, we know what's coming and that is usually the next thing on the list.

  • 2

    A Sense of Control

    When we know what's coming next, it helps one's mind feel like we're in control of something. Isn't that a breath of fresh air, to feel like you're in control of anything.

  • 3

    We Feel Organized

    A list gives you a sense of organization. Whether it's 1, 2, 3 or 3,2,1 there is an order it follows. BAM! You're organized! Next.

  • 4

    Bullet Points

    Why do we love bullet points?

    • they're literally to the point
    • without a point, a list is pointless
    • the next point is right there on point
  • 5

    Allows for Socialization Without Socializing

    Well, how very Facebook, Twitter, etc of us. Reading a list and agreeing with "The Top 10 Reasons You're Reading This List" make us feel like others have the same thoughts. It's like bonding with someone without meeting them.

  • 6

    Who Will Prove Me Wrong?

    Let's face it, I could literally write anything I want here and as I am thinking of another reason why we love lists, I find myself agreeing with myself. Someone will probably agree with me and someone else won't. That person who doesn't agree with me can make their own Top 10 list.

  • 7

    They Have Been A Part Of Our Lives Forever

    Who doesn't love to check out a list? We've read lists since we learned to read. Shopping lists, a list of homework assignments, Christmas lists, ways to ignore my annoying neighbors, etc. We are a society of listers.

  • 8

    They're Fun And Informative

  • 9

    Diminished Attention Spans

    Honestly, do you know anyone that has a long attention span anymore? Lists give us the facts without getting into too much detail because, after all, woah, look! There's a squirrel!

  • 10

    We Can See The End

    A list helps all of the above reasons by showing that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. A list shows that the tunnel ends, you can park your car, turn off your headlights and jump into the next list that comes along.

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