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.