As human beings, we truly are creatures of habit.
Look at you there. You’re sitting at your computer with your hand on your computer mouse, your finger on the button, waiting for the next time you need to click something. It’s a habit we learn quickly almost as soon as we start using a computer.
What if you no longer had to click on anything? What if you could completely navigate a website just by moving the mouse – no clicking allowed. Would you still click out of instinct? Probably. When I was 16 and learning to drive, my mom would ride with me while I practiced. Even though she was in the passenger seat, if I had to suddenly stop, her foot would instinctively hit the “brake” – even though on her side there were no brakes. Just instinct. Sometimes I would pretend to run a stop sign just to see her try to stop the car with her imaginary brake pedal (sorry mom!).
Today we have a website that tests how well you can fight the urge to click your mouse button. It’s pretty interesting. Check it out here.