Why Chain Letters Are Created

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Chain letters have been a nuisance to society for years. I can understand the rationale behind passing them on. Gullible people don’t have much to lose, aside from perhaps a few minutes of their time. But what incentive do people have to create chain letters?

Can someone derive pleasure from the recipient’s response when they aren’t around to watch? Are chain letter creators perhaps trying to encourage people to make more wishes? Do they genuinely believe they can create good or bad luck by writing about it? None of these reasons seem particularly plausible.

Before email was common, people probably didn’t mind these letters as much because the average person likely received 0-1 chain letters in their lifetime. The moment creating an email account was easy enough for gullible people to understand, all of us were plagued with chain letters.

In my younger days, I couldn’t understand why people were foolish enough to fall for these letters. Now that I’m older and have endured years of bad luck without explanation, I can’t help but wonder if I’ve been paying for the hundreds of chain letters I’ve chosen to ignore.

You probably saw this part coming, but it’s too late to stop reading now. Make a wish.

No, you can’t wish you weren’t reading this.

Recite the alphabet backwards if you feel like it.

Drink some water if you are thirsty.

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(WCLC is an acronym for Why Chain Letters Are Created)

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