Give me sincere, honest news and discussion, or else shut up.
Unfortunately, someone out there must really have a craving for "weird old tricks" and "shocking conclusions".
It's a sort of race-to-the-bottom, least common denominator effect.
Maybe someone will write a browser extension that filters out obvious click-bait headlines. Now that would be clever!
Maybe this means that the real clickbait trash is training me not to click on it, so I don't need the fake to do so?
When the "pleasure centre" in the brain was first identified and named, it was named because it was thought that stimulating it caused pleasure, because rodents given the choice to stimulate it vs. other activity would stimulate the pleasure centre even over eating.
But as it turns out, the main function of stimulating this area is strong cravings and compulsion. You may get some pleasure from giving in to the cravings, but the cravings are independent of whether or not there's a "real" reward at the end of it.
To create a classifier that does that, you'd need a labeled set - i.e. someone would have to go through and say "this headline is 3 clickbaits. This other headline is 8 clickbaits". You could also sort between clickbaity and non-clickbaity, but that would still require manual work.
You could get that programatically through a few different means, but you'd need a lot more than just headlines.
It also probably wouldn't be a good idea to use a RNN - it doesn't suit the data format well. It'd be better to use a neural network (non-recurrent) or logistic regression with the entire headline as input.
Fortunately, it'll converge on a good solution a LOT faster - fewer parameters to tune + simpler output = fewer examples needed to figure out what's going on - so you might be able to get something that has plausible levels of accuracy with a day or two of set labeling (estimate brought to you by my ass).
This problem seems concurrent to the old mystery of Viruses Spontaneously Self-Constructing On People's Computers. "How did you get all these viruses on your computer?" "I didn't do anything it just happened." "Okay, well be really careful what you click on." "I am careful!"
There are plenty of sources for what you desire it just isn't what's popular... is that a problem?