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Scrolling is faster that paging

SURL has examined the use of paging vs. scrolling in reading passages of text. The study showed that that it took the participants significantly longer to read text split into multiple pages compared to full text layouts, where they had to scroll.

"Participants stated that they found the Paging condition to be "too broken up," and that they had to "go back and forth" quite a bit to search for information. It is possible then, that for searching as well, viewing more of the document on a single screen facilitated easier scanning."

Links:

  • The article The Impact of Paging vs. Scrolling on Reading Online Text Passages Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 27, 2003

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COMMENTS

In favor of paging, however, Bob Bailey has a short lit review of two different studies, one showing that older users prefer paging and younger prefer scrolling, and that users reading content that was paged built better mental representations of the content than users reading the same content via scrolling.

M | August 08, 2005

 

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