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Fake popup study sadly confirms most users are idiots

by Volker Weber

... researchers have tested how college students respond to fake dialog boxes in browser popup windows and found that the students are so anxious to get the dialog out of the way, they click right through obvious warning signs.

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How come I'm not surprised? ;-)

Frank Dröge, 2008-09-24

The fact that the students didn't appear to spend any more time evaluating the fake dialogs raises questions as to whether education is enough.

Education would certainly be enough if it were ever correctly practiced. Sadly, in my experience, it never is.

Chris Linfoot, 2008-09-24

Dooood, they were like so busy texting with the other hand that they didn't have time to notice.

Ed Maloney, 2008-09-24

It was the first time in their lives a box popping up actually had a meaning (or should have had one to them). Who is to blame for box-flatulence most? I do remember an article here comparing the iPhone to another mobile, which asked the same stupid stuff all over again everytime. The type of information presented by boxes normally is something that stands -again- between the task you want to finish and actually getting it done. Thanks for modal programming, by the way.

I do remember laughing out loud on some really meaningfull errormessages presented proudly by Lotus Notes (which even weren´t readable to the end, because off screen).


We are used to boxes that either have no meaning at all or even are misleading by a far shot. In the best case they are a nuisance. Why should these guys have a different attitude to the bloody boxes than anybody else?

I strongly sympathise with the panel.

Armin Roth, 2008-09-24

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