Do users change their settings?
Jared Spool has a new post about UIE’s research around default settings. They found that users rarely change settings. I’d known this was true a while ago, but have recently wondered whether this is still true, since some users are more sophisticated now, and use multiple devices. Nope. Jared says:
…one category of people who almost always changed their settings: programmers and designers. They often had changed more than 40% (and some had changed as much as 80%) of the options in the program.
It seems programmers and designers like to customize their environment. Who would’ve guessed? Could that be why they chose their profession?
(Big takeaway: If you’re a programmer or designer, then you’re not like most people. Just because you change your settings in apps you use doesn’t mean that your users will, unless they are also programmers and designers.)
There are never enough reminders that designers are not their users.