I’ve never been known for my patience, but lately it’s been even more obvious. My site started to become slower and slower and it was driving me up the wall. If you have to wait for 20, 30 seconds each time you click a button, the joy of blogging will diminish rapidly, let me tell you. It’s gotten a bit better, but I’m still not happy with the loading times.
We’ve become used to a superfast Internet and we get impatient if a site takes longer than three seconds to load. That is kind of funny if you consider that on my first computer, I had to load games via a tape recorder, which could take as much as ten to twenty minutes. Yes, the times they have changed.
According to this infographic, I’m not the only one who gets frustrated (or even angry) over a slow Internet. 57% of consumers will abandon a page if it hasn’t loaded in three seconds. Slow sites actually lead to web stress (glad to hear there’s an official term for my frustration, that makes me feel so much better…not really), which explains my frustration.
But what’s interesting is that slow sites also make people lose trust when doing an online transaction. That’s another major reason to make sure your site is as fast as it can be. We’ll probably never be able to match Google’s speed, but we can try our best to make our sites as fast as possible, thereby preventing loss of viewers and customers.
Check out the infographic below for more interesting data on how our brain perceives a slow Internet.
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How long do you wait for a slow site to load before abandoning it?