A friend of mine, who through Codecademy is learning HTML and CSS, asked me the other day about my usage of target="_blank" and where I thought it was appropriate.
I hadn't really considered it before, but I do use it A LOT. My thought process is that ANYTHING that links away from my own pages should be a "_blank" as the user is then not whisked away and potentially lost (forever...).
I notice DN use "_blank" for the stories too.
Am I saving my user time? Or have I fallen into dark pattern of 'fixing' my bounce rate stats (if you know what I mean)?