The vail has been lifted and it is a horrid sight.
I forgot about all the text advertisements on the side of facebook and gmail. Pop-up ads are as annoying as I remember, when they were the dominate ad platform on the internet.
Even this webpage was a surprise. I forgot I put a few ads on here. They are annoying and its not like I have a lot of traffic or clicks on this site, so they are gone. Plus, they were either about guns/NRA, the GOP, or women. Imagine that.
Websites that I frequent were crazy, with ads everywhere. I really do not understand how people browse the internet without blocking ads. I would lose my mind. Especially with the shift to auto-play videos. What is the world coming to? But, things are changing.
I know, I know, to those of you who say advertisements are how the internet world works and operates. It is the main revenue generating source of huge companies like facebook and google.
According to a recent study, around 25% of web surfers use ad blocking software. That's it? Just a quarter? People need to see the light. The light that comes from all the whitespace on websites that were once filled with advertisements.