Why So Many Numbers in Headlines?

by Taylor Bennett

What exactly encourages someone to read an article?

For me, it has always been headlines including numbers. For years, writers have simplified topics and what better way to do this than to break up text with numbers. These lists may be seen as gimmicks, but simply put, they are proven to work. This is the very reason whyBuzzfeedLists inundate our news feeds and tops the list of social media sharing news sites. So in the spirit of theAP Top 25,Fortune 500,40 under 40and the7 dwarfs, here are 8 lists to peruse.