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I am clearly a long way behind the curve when it comes to adblockers. This may explain why I am still stuck on this website, which was basically aimed at slightly awkward and introverted 14-23 year old girls living in the early naughties.It seems that a lot of people are using them and so never see adverts. Whereas for me they are everywhere on the internet.

I am not sure that anyone admits to clicking on them, it seems everyone feels adverts do not influence them. But the global advertising industry is huge, so either the whole thing is just absolute bullshit. Or people are more influenced by adverts than they admit. Right now John Lewis is trying to sell me a couple Kenwood chef attachment - icecream maker and a grater - and three sofas that don't look hugely different to the ones I bought a couple of months ago. Frankly I have nowhere to store anymore vary similiar sofas and it just seems too soon to upgrade. I suspect it is about normalisation the idea of consumption of something. Do I really need an icecream maker? Or if they cost thousands would I lament the fact one could not be acquired for just £25? Probably not, but just knowing they are out there and not really all that expensive means I may acquire one. I don't feel confident in stating I would never buy one, and I suspect the more I see them the more I might think getting one is a good idea.

I guess I am probably doomed to see more of these things as everyone else is blocking them. It seems a little bit unfair that you should block adverts. I mean no-one wants to pay for any intellectual content on the web, so adverts are all there for creators. And yet people seem to find the adverts are too much of an imposition. Presumably the big players - who are basically Facebook and Google have ways around this.
I use Adblock Plus and have done so ever since I learned it existed. It's always a bit of a shock to me when I'm forced to use IE for whatever reason and see how many ads are on most sites. Recently, however, a couple of media sites have sought to get around adblockers by informing visitors to the site that you have to turn off your adblocker if you want to see any of their content. Fair enough, I have done that for those two sites, but now rarely visit them. Not specifically because they have ads, but because the ads that they have take ages to load for whatever reason (and I have a really fast broadband connection) and I just get fed up waiting for all the various analytics and whatnot to load. If you're going to have ads on your site, fine, but make sure they don't compromise the performance of your site.

I will add that what bugs me even more than ads is this trend on various sites to have theses pop-ups asking you to sign up for newletters or to like them on facebook, etc. So annoying.
I never see ads, I have an excellent adblocker by the looks of it. None on LJ because I have a permanent account and I never see them on Facebook or my gmail at all