What's up with all the added progress bars?

almost 6 years ago from Stef Kors, Student @TheHague

  • Todd MoreyTodd Morey, almost 6 years ago

    I think the hope is that the progress bar subtly creates an uneasy incomplete feeling until you've seen the rest of the content. Would be curious to see if anyone has A/B tested that. I don't think it's designed to be an aid for the reader; I think it's designed to encourage you to stay on the page.

    8 points
    • Dave LucianoDave Luciano, almost 6 years ago

      Personally, I've found it does the opposite to me. I realize how long an article is by how long the "progress" bar is taking to fill up and bounce right out because I'm not in the mood for a long article at that particular moment.

      15 points
      • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, almost 6 years ago

        I like the way you think.

        3 points
      • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, almost 6 years ago

        Haha reminds me of the age old "Glass is half full or half empty"

        I can definitely see how it would work both ways. I wonder though if they were able to increase their numbers with it regardless (aka less of your kind and more of those who want to complete things)

        0 points
      • Rey AlejandroRey Alejandro, almost 6 years ago

        I think it just adds up another cognitive load, it removes you on the flow of reading an article.

        0 points
    • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 6 years ago

      Definitely guilt tripped me into finishing the page.

      0 points