We all care about making pages faster, but *why* do we care? And how fast is fast enough? In this talk at the NY Web Performance Meetup, I shared findings — from user surveys, eyetracking studies, and neuroscientific research — that answer these questions. I also shared some tips for creating the illusion of faster pages.
Some of the questions covered during this session:
• Why do we, as internet users, crave fast online experiences?
• There are a ton of performance metrics, but which one(s) are the best for measuring perceived UX?
• Are users more sensitive to performance issues in some contexts than in others? What are those contexts?
• Do people perceive performance differently on their desktop and mobile devices?
• What are the page-level issues that hurt UX the most?
• What are some tricks you can use to make pages *appear* to render faster?