Feedback Fatigue

Is it just me or are people getting a little fed up with constantly being ask to rate everything or press stupid smiley buttons? It’s one thing to occasionally be asked whether your food was cooked correctly, but do we really need to press a button to say how pleased we were with our airport security experience? It’s endless: Uber drivers (always 5 stars on the basis they’ll do the same and award us 5 stars), eBay, Amazon…

What’s next? a row of smiley buttons to say how, overall, you rated your life just before you take your last breath on a hospital bed?

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5 Responses to Feedback Fatigue

  1. Lynae says:

    I find this amusing as I recently took my first trip abroad to Europe from the USA. The emoji buttons in bathrooms is definitely something I noticed as something different. Where I’m from you may find a light switch with a note saying to switch it if bathroom needed attention, but the satisfactory survey using buttons isn’t an application. I’m curious to see the actual tends of people pushing their response to the survey and the action from the results.

  2. Kevin says:

    It’s not just you, I read the following a few months back:

    “Approaches like Watt’s and Beer’s, which keep a system operating within tight parameters, demonstrate negative feedback. That’s not pessimistic or bad feedback, but feedback that prompts the system to maintain control. In traditional, cybernetic terms, negative feedback isn’t a one-star rating, but any information that helps the system regulate itself. Negative feedback is actually good feedback because it yields greater efficiency and performance, as in Watt’s steam governor.

    Positive feedback, by contrast, causes the system to keep going, unchecked. Like a thermostat that registers the room as too warm and cranks up the furnace, it’s generally meant to be avoided.

    But today’s understanding of feedback has reversed those terms. Positive ratings are a kind of holy grail on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, and negative reviews can sink a burgeoning small business or mom-and-pop restaurant. That shift has created a misunderstanding about how feedback works. The original structure of the loop’s information regulation has been lost.”

    Online rating systems don’t give feedback that can be used to help regulate the systems anymore.


  3. richard says:

    Brilliant. So a post about people getting tired of giving feedback gets feedback. BTW, Tripadvisor is another. I’m fed up of doing their work for them. And what if this turns into a thing. Tripadvisor without reviews ceases to exist right?

  4. Lynae says:


    Thank you for the article. I suppose I didn’t even notice the buttons at other location other than the bathrooms. It is good to know that a threshold of unhappy responses prompts an alert. As a traveler through Exeter Airport I could see why it was the a happiest as well, however I will forever love the massage chairs at AMS.

    Reviews I believer can be incredibly helpful, but like Kevin’s article pointed out, they can make or break a small business. I typically only write reviews if I’m incredibly impressed or dissatisfied with a business or product. I’d be curious to see what % of all consumers and customers actually participate in the review process on average and what the effect is on the business profits or product sales.


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