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Discussion on: Do gifs bother you when reading an article?

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Dian Fay

I find they're often noise and rarely signal (or at least, a signal I'm interested in) but I fear we might be in the minority on this one.

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Devin W. Leaman Author

This outlines my feelings to the nose. Thanks for reassuring me I'm not the only one 😅

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Diane

I really think that GIFs, and even unrelated images (i.e. images that doesn't add anything to a given topic) are a real pain in the ass.

I live in a slow-internet area and having to deal with the page either taking hours to load or modifying the layout mid-read are really not user-friendly.

I'd rather read a dense but clear text than short texts separated by unrelated or "funny" images.

Just my two cents.

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Devin W. Leaman Author

I honestly forget about slow-internet areas and this issue. I'm working on a new article and was adding a couple images for flair but don't add much. I think I'll take them out now.. 🤔

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Diane

As a french, I can at least attest for here.

If you're not living in a major city area, you pretty much have less than 2MBps IS, the most common average is 200kBps.

It's not the slowest internet, but it's still noticeably slow, and in that sense, it's almost always painful to "browse the web" (hence one of my articles, "Google AMP and the website obesity crisis").

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Devin W. Leaman Author

Jeeeeeez, the common average is 200KB/s? Holy shit.

This reminds me to appreciate the internet I have here in the states 😅