I don’t have a problem with gifs in general. I am guilty of getting on LOLcheezburgers and looking at all the cute kitten and puppies. I laugh myself silly at text fails. I think animated gifs where people are rolling their eyes or throwing things are hilarious. That being said, I have a problem with gifs in reviews.
My problem isn’t the single gif, but the 18 million gifs that are crammed into a review that overtake and essentially BECOME the review. You scroll through never ending
and a multitude of gifs only to come to the end and realize there WAS no review. It’s just an endless montage of pictures and squeals. They are distracting. They slow my computer down.
They annoy me.
Now, I’ll be the first to say to each his own but what blows my mind is the hundreds of likes these reviews have. What exactly are these people liking? The review? It can’t be the review because there is no review. So it must be the pictures. Is that what we as reviewers and readers are evolving into? Unable to use words to properly express ourselves so we need a gif of a famous person crying or going insane to let the viewers know that we found a particular scene disturbing? That disturbs me. Words should be our friends. When I first started selling online, the best advice I was ever given was to write my listings for the blind. Meaning, my buyers should be comfortable to buy my item without pictures.
When I see a gif riddled review…I’m not comfortable buying that book.
So tell me what do you all think? Do gifs in reviews bother you or are you: