Can you kick the clicking habit?

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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.

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July 23rd, 2008

I visited the site but with my 800 x 600 screen I couldn’t see everything that was there so it was a frustrating experience. I could find no way to get anything to happen without clicking.

Scott Johnson
July 23rd, 2008

I would guess that you have viewing problems on more sites than just this one. Unfortunately, most websites are created with the majority of users in mind (obviously they want to reach as many people as possible, but have their site look as modern as possible). I believe the minimum standard now for designing a site is to assume your visitors have at least 1024 x 768 resolution.

So even though your monitor has nothing physically wrong with it, you will find more and more sites difficult to view because of technology changing and more people going to the larger, high-res monitors. You can certainly keep using that monitor, you will just run into issues like what you found today.

Kind of like using a rotary-dial phone. It would still work, it’s just a hassle because of the way technology has evolved.