Three UX trends you should avoid
Staying up-to-date with the latest trends is crucial for any industry, especially in User Experience. However, not all trends are created equal, and blindly following them can lead to detrimental outcomes. In this article, I’ll shed light on three UX trends you should avoid, providing reasons for doing so.
1. Dark Mode Overload
Dark mode has become incredibly popular in recent years. It’s often seen as a way to reduce eye strain and save battery life on devices with OLED screens. While dark mode can be beneficial, it’s important not to overuse it. Some apps and websites have adopted dark mode as their primary theme, neglecting the needs of users who prefer light themes.
According to a survey conducted by UserTesting, 53% of users found dark mode less appealing than light mode, highlighting the importance of providing a choice.
2. Excessive Personalization
Personalization in UX is undoubtedly valuable when done right, as it can enhance user engagement and satisfaction. However, overdoing personalization can become intrusive and lead to privacy concerns.
Example: Some e-commerce websites track users’ every move and provide overly specific product recommendations, making users uncomfortable with the level of data collection.