How to fight the 'dark patterns' websites deploy to trick you to spend more

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 12/01/2018 14:51

Magazine subscriptions that mysteriously end up in your online shopping cart. Items with 50 people looking at them "right now" that are still for sale weeks later — these are the internet's "dark patterns".

As we spend more of our lives on the internet, it is vital to know when we're being manipulated: the design choices that nudge us into unnecessary purchases, into revealing personal information, into clicking accept when we'd rather not.

The term "dark patterns" emerged in 2010, when UK-based user experience consultant Harry Brignull took a closer look at Ryanair.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-01-11/the-internet-is-full-of-dark-patterns-its-time-to-fight-back/9316968

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