Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe...
Summary:E-newsletters that are informative, convenient, and timely are often preferred over other media. However, a new study found that only 11% of newsletters were read thoroughly, so layout and content scannability are paramount.
Obviosly the reading pattern will have something to do with how the layout of the site is done. I'd be much more interested in some tests that show how easily users lose interest / are confused by various site layouts. For example, something like slashdot tries to cram too much information onto the screen - but it's still only a pretty mild case.
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