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Vertical vs. Horizontal. The Swiping Debate!

You may be accustomed to “swiping” through content horizontally on your mobile device, but are you comfortable mimicking the gesture on your desktop? According to web page usability gurus Nielsen Norman Group, not many users are:

While horizontal scrolling is acceptable in some situations, it should be applied with caution. Be aware: horizontal scrolling on the desktop is one of the few interactions that consistently generate negative responses from users.

The research group’s complete study on desktop horizontal scrolling can be seen here.