Infinite Scrolling is Bad Design

This issue was affecting my blog here on WordPress.com. I now have infinite scrolling turned off for the front page (Reading Settings – To infinity and beyond – UNcheck “Scroll Infinitely”). Thanks to the WordPress dev team for including this option :-). Now the front page is limited to 10 articles.

It is my opinion that the flashy new infinite-scrolling feature on many new computer user interfaces adds confusion and frustration to the user.

I get a sense of control and finality knowing that each web page or interface view has a finite end to it. It is strange to me when a page or view never ends on many new apps and web-sites. Additional content just magically appears that was not visible a second ago.

I’m not the only person who feels this way. Check out the poll results over at: http://www.wptavern.com/good-or-bad-infinite-scrolling

This is a trendy new design element and I’m curious to see what usability experts will have to say about it now that we have to use it in more and more places.

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Keeping technology notes on WordPress.com to free up my mind to solve new problems rather than figuring out the same ones repeatedly :-).
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2 Responses to Infinite Scrolling is Bad Design

  1. Anonymous says:

    Infinite scrolling is horrid and needs to be made optional on all websites. I absolutely cannot deal with it. It makes shopping impossible, and I have literally given up trying to shop on websites that use it for search results. It’s obnoxious in every other context as well.

  2. Kerplunk says:

    Infinite scrolling is absolutely awful. If the trend persists, I hope that Firefox will be able to give users the option to disable it across the board.

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