January 11, 2013

"What we found was that people are pretty patient for up to two seconds..."

All right then.

IN THE COMMENTS: Levity over my forgetting to include: the link.

34 comments:

Lem said...

I was there for more than 2 seconds and nothing happened.

Bob_R said...

Either a good joke or a glitch...FIX IT NOW!

Parentalcation said...

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/study-streaming-video-viewers-lose-patience-after-2-seconds/

Lem said...

I see a link to Chips "what I made and then ate".

I could wait more than two seconds for that.

Lem said...

Althouse is part of the study.

Nonapod said...

When it comes to watching movies on Netflix on my Kindle I despise any kind of periodic buffering. I have stopped watching entire movies midway through due to an overly long buffering (more than say 15 seconds).

I guess part that is due to the fact that I know there's about a jillion other things I could be watching too.

Crimso said...

tl;dr

Mary Beth said...

I remember when I could go fix a sandwich while something loaded. (Back in the dial-up days.) Now, with (up to) 50MB (according to my cable company, it's never really that fast) I expect things to be instant.

Lem said...

I expect things to be instant.

Me too.

Original Mike said...

"Either a good joke or a glitch...FIX IT NOW!"

Go through the exercise of reading it with the thought that the writer is wonderfully clever.

Lem said...

I'm disappointed with Netflix streaming choices.

Maybe its that they are not showing me whats available... maybe not.

But it takes me for ever just to find something worth watching.

I feel like nothings' changed from the old days when I was standing around at the VCR place like an idiot... for up to an hour sometimes.

Tibore said...

Me, I'll wait 0.2 sec, but after that, whoa buddy! ;)

Lem said...

Go through the exercise of reading it with the thought that the writer is wonderfully clever.

And if they have a trillion dollar coin they might not be so charming.

AllenS said...

I'm a very patient man. Jan 2 I ordered some automotive parts. Jan 3 the place said they were shipped. Jan 10 nothing showed up, so, I called, and said: "WTF?" They said: "We'll get back to you, today." Jan 11 called again: "WTF?". They said: "We'll get back to you, today."

It's 3:23 pm. I don't think so. Time for plan B.

If I lost my patience, there would be a lot of dead people.

Seeing Red said...

Ohhh, that paypal donation did go thru!

Ann Althouse said...

LOL

Ignorance is Bliss said...

AllenS said...

If I lost my patience, there would be a lot of dead people.

Surgeons have the same problem.

Chip S. said...

I recently went to hear a public presentation on a topic of interest to me, but after watching the speaker fumble setting up his ppt for 5 minutes I walked out.

bpm4532 said...

Just think of the new expectations when we finally get flying cars.

AllenS said...

Just think about the patience lost if this trillion dollar coin scam doesn't work out.

Balfegor said...

The research also found that viewers are more forgiving when slow starts are associated with longer content like movies than they are with short videos like news clips.

That makes sense. If all I want to see is 30 seconds of a cat doing something cute, I'm not going to wait more tha a second or two for it to load before I move onto something else. If I want to see something longer, I'm happy to let the thing sit there and buffer a bit. Especially if it's, you know, Youku or Tudou or something.

ricpic said...

All great art is the product of patience. Even if the artist is quick and impatient himself. I'll bet that Fitzgerald's best sentences, the ones that made it to the final draft, came immediately but weren't exactly right. What to do? Above all not to force, since forcing is an impatient act. Probably what he did was to drop the writing altogether and involve himself in a sleepwalking activity which left his mind free to wander, to find the right word or phrase that would "complete" the sentence, but without searching for it. And then it was there. A day later or a month later. Seemingly effortless...but patiently effortless. Anyway, that's my guess and I'm stickin' to it.

campy said...

Just think about the patience lost if this trillion dollar coin scam doesn't work out.

It'll be the republicans' fault.

edutcher said...

Remember when it was the World Wide Wait?

Freeman Hunt said...

Definitely. I hate watching videos online anyway. If I deign to watch one, and it doesn't appear immediately, I'm out of there.

Tim said...

Patience.

I hope the 49ers coaching staff is patient with its running game; I hope the Green Bay Packers are patient with its running game too, but for a completely opposite reason.

Run, Packers, run!

Lol.

Penny said...

Patience used to be considered one of the seven heavenly virtues, along with humility, charity, chastity, diligence, kindness and temperance.

One thousand one, one thousand two...

POOF!!! All gone!

ricpic said...

Speaking of patience -- does anyone here know how long a flu shot is effective? I had one on September 1st. Am I still protected, as it were? I'm patient...but not that patient. There better be an answer in 180 seconds or...else...

Joe said...

In past usability studies, it was consistently found that if something took more than 3 seconds, you had to indicate something to the user; hence the hour glass in computers. Indications are that this is hardwired into humans and it does have a practical reason--I suspect its evolutionary origins are that those who stood around too long got eaten by the wild beasts.

Another time is that you can't wait more than 300ms (1/3 of a second) between an action and an indication of that action. This is why very slow interfaces (analog or digital) are really annoying and why interfaces that offer no feedback are even more annoying.

Penny said...

" Indications are that this is hardwired into humans and it does have a practical reason.."

And what happens when humans "hardwire" their TOOLS, not to mention WEAPONS, as a personal extension of human evolution and survival?

Astro said...

I abso-fuckin'-lutely hate adobe flash.

AllenS said...

UPDATE

I see that I received an email at 7:25 pm notifying me that the shipment has been confirmed.

AllenS said...

Great. I have a tracking #, but they didn't tell me who they are using to ship the parts.

AllenS said...

When I open the blog, there is the Amazon ad on the right side with the parts that I ordered. Clicking it on, I find out that the parts to be sold are from the same vendor that I used via Ebay. I'm not amused. Patient, but not amused.