Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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RE[2]: The elephant in the room
by WereCatf on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:00 UTC in reply to "RE: The elephant in the room"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Face it, ads influence your decision making whether you are aware of it or not. Next time you are faced with a decision to buy something, you will be subconsciously drawn to the ones you've seen before in advertising.


Ads do influence me to some extent, but not as much as you seem to imply or as much as advertisers would like them to influence me. If I know I am in need of something and I see an ad advertising that thing for a good price, then sure, they have managed to influence my decisions. On the other hand, ads don't do anything for me if I don't need what they're advertising; I always research and think of my own needs before buying anything even remotely expensive and I have zero brand-loyalty. I also don't follow trends, I don't give a flying fuck about celebrities or their "endorsements" nor do I care in the slightest about what people around me use or wear.

All that said, I know I am an outlier. I'm a loner and I often completely miss even obvious social cues. Ads do work wonders on normal people, but they just don't work nearly as well on me.

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Wootery Member since:
2013-11-22

You're simply ignoring the point.

Everyone thinks that they're less susceptible to ads than most people.

I too feel the inclination to say that, but I have no real reason to think I'm any less deluded than everyone else, and neither do you.

Anyway, surely people unaffected by ads should care about them less, not more.

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RE[4]: The elephant in the room
by Fergy on Sat 19th Sep 2015 18:33 in reply to "RE[3]: The elephant in the room"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

You're simply ignoring the point.

How?

Everyone thinks that they're less susceptible to ads than most people.

And 50% of people is right.

I too feel the inclination to say that, but I have no real reason to think I'm any less deluded than everyone else, and neither do you.

Any proof or good arguments for that?

Anyway, surely people unaffected by ads should care about them less, not more.

"You're simply ignoring the point."

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

You're simply ignoring the point.

Everyone thinks that they're less susceptible to ads than most people.

I too feel the inclination to say that, but I have no real reason to think I'm any less deluded than everyone else, and neither do you.


I already listed several reasons. Your average person *does* care about celebrities and brands and doesn't do much if any research on products they buy, and many of them are susceptible to impulse-buying stuff, and they often have the need to "belong" among the people they surround themselves with, thereby being also influenced by peer-pressure. None of that applies to me.

Anyway, surely people unaffected by ads should care about them less, not more.


That's a logical fallacy. Ads can a terrible visual distraction, even if their content don't affect your impulses on what to spend money on.

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RE[4]: The elephant in the room
by tidux on Sun 20th Sep 2015 03:28 in reply to "RE[3]: The elephant in the room"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

You're simply ignoring the point.

Everyone thinks that they're less susceptible to ads than most people.


I'm less susceptible than most because I see fewer ads than most. I don't watch TV outside of live sports, I ad block on every computing platform I use, and I don't listen to commercial radio. That is what the advertisers are afraid of, people simply not seeing their ads anymore.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

I thought the same, until I found myself standing in a Japanese store looking for diapers...and just bought Pampers because it was the only brand I knew. Cost 2 Euro extra, but saved me from overthinking.

I was also looking for a case for the Lumia 1520 that I picked up for next to nothing on an auction here...couldn't find anything but there were hundreds of options for iPhones, a few Samsungs and Aquos. If all you see are those, you would never think of buying that Nokia.
(I payed 111 Euro for the 16 GB version. That is the all-in price without a contract and including shipping and taxes!)

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