On some websites, however, and this seems to apply in particular to those with a sales pitch of any description, the protracted come-on is exactly that – a waste of my time.
These sites make extensive use of videos, which are generally hosted on You-Tube.
Time wasters are a problem! Why?
1. If there is any useful content in the video, you need to download it, so that you can refer to it again and again as necessary. Unlike a page of text, where you can find the information you need very quickly, if you need something from a video you have to remember where it is.
– maybe it is broken, and you can’t view it properly
– download speeds may be slow – depends on where you are, time of day, network load, (phase of the moon?), etc.
– the useful part of the content may be as low as 5%
3. After you have downloaded the video, you may find that it has no value for you at all, in which case, you will probably throw it away. What a waste!
Always provide a text page which gives the reader all the information they need, and give the viewer a choice. A video can usefully provide a demonstration of the results of using the information, but should not be its primary source.
I am not the only one that hates time wasters.
And I am not the only one that does not enjoy the high-speed access to the Internet that some people have.