I thought I simply didn't understand React. I taught myself React and I still wish I could go back in time and make it like React never existed. Here's why.
1. It's slow
53% of mobile users abandon websites that take longer than 3 seconds to load. For every additional second a page takes to load, 10 percent of users leave. Performance is user experience.
Put your React app into this testing tool: https://whatdoesmysitecost.com/.
Do you care about people who can't afford to pay for expensive websites on their data plan?
If your app is fast on a feature phone, it will be blazing fast on an iPhone. When you develop with all users in mind, it improves the user experience for all users.
Is this how websites are supposed to be?
"The web is a streaming thing by default. You go to a page and it serves HTML. You'll start seeing it as it's downloaded. Same with images, video...You can do something with just a little bit of the response." - Jake Archibald
The Internet is a stream. React is not. I see it like this: React fights against the natural flow of the Internet.
Ditch React and become friends with the web. It's a web, interconnected, with resources coming from everywhere. Web apps are not like native apps that take 30 seconds to download before the user accesses the content. Stop treating webpages like native apps.
Just read this Wikipedia article. No, it's more than you expect.