Bookmark: "The Onion: Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity"

Sebastian Greger


Given The Onion is a satirical magazine, this article is so spot-on it could – from my own conversations with “users” – just as well be about factual research:

Tired of being bombarded with constant requests to share content on social media, bestow ratings, leave comments, and generally “join in on the discussion,” the nation’s Internet users demanded substantially less interactivity this week.

Is adding all these “engagement features” and “calls to action” really something that serves the user (aka. good “design”)? Or isn’t this all about putting the publisher’s interest first (“need to get those user retention numbers up in analytics, eh”).

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