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What percentage of Internet users use browser tabs, compared to those who always navigate in the same tab?

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closed as not a real question by Charles Boyung, Benny Skogberg, Ben Brocka Sep 4 '12 at 13:44

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What research have you done? –  ChrisF Jul 20 '12 at 13:08
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With a question like this, I'd like to see more information on how much research you've already done, what you've already found and what questions/problems remain after you've done that research. –  mawcsco Jul 20 '12 at 13:22
    
Since tabs are the default in browsers it's almost impossible not to use tabs; anything that opens a new window will result in new tabs –  Ben Brocka Jul 20 '12 at 14:01
    
Well unless you turn tabs off as the default action... –  PhillipW Sep 2 '12 at 20:45

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Did a quick Google search for "how many tabs to people use". Here's the top link http://dubroy.com/blog/how-many-tabs-do-people-use-now-with-real-data/

First, we saw that people who use tabs heavily can create 2 to 3 times as many tabs as other users. It’s not obvious what the cause for the bi-modality in the distribution is though. ... we see that having 10 or 11 tabs open is not that uncommon, even for people who aren’t “power users”. ... even people who don’t have many tabs open on average can sometimes have spikes of a large number of tabs.

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+1 for detailing your research technique! This should aid future visitors. ;) (Also, it's actually a useful article to be fair) –  JonW Jul 20 '12 at 13:41
    
@JonW I saw what you did there. ;) Sarcasm understood. I think I was being vindictive for the terse, under-researched question. Thank you for reminding me that I should put more effort into my answers, even with poor questions. And, yes, very useful article. –  mawcsco Jul 20 '12 at 13:43
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I don't think Jon was being sarcastic. He's saying the same as you - visitors should try Googling before asking questions! –  Jimmy Breck-McKye Jul 20 '12 at 14:14
    
Yes exactly, I wasn't critiquing @mawcsco it was more a comment directed at the OP. Also, my upvote was for not only providing an actually useful link, but also for not just posting a link to LMGTFY.com (which does happen on other SE sites) –  JonW Jul 20 '12 at 14:19

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