Suppose I have a user flow (e.g. a signup flow, but the question is applicable to any flow), where there is a single path the user can take through, e.g.:
- Input user details
- Add Profile picture
- Find friends
- Join chat rooms
Each step (other than 1) is skippable, so there are two actions a user could take on each step:
The button for Skip is easy (I think) - it just says "Skip".
The button for the "Next" action could either say "Next" for each step, or it could explicitly tell the user what the next step is, e.g.:
- Add Profile picture ->
- Find friends ->
- Join chat rooms ->
The advantages of the "Next" approach:
- User always has the same action
- User doesn't have to think about whether they want to take the next step until they get to it
The advantages of the explicit approach:
- User has a very clear path and knows what's coming next
Which is better, and why?
Is there any research or data to back up either position?