Many of the loading spinners on Chase bank's rewards portal have a "Pause Animation" button below them. Is there a reason to include this below animations?

pause hourglass button

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    Looks like overengineering to me – Lisa Tweedie Jun 28 '18 at 6:40
  • What's next? Change animation fps? – Shreyas Tripathy Aug 27 '18 at 9:50
  • The page didn't have enough useless stuff on it so... – Ken Mohnkern Aug 27 '18 at 12:08
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    $10 says someone complained about the animation being distracting in QA and this was the smallest solution to make everyone happy. Also, combining both opinions into the final product doesn't really solve the root problem, which is an flashy icon that draws attention to the wait animation (the button draws even more attention) and a long loading time which might be harder to solve, but nonetheless would be a far preferable UX – KyleMit Oct 26 '18 at 14:38
  • @KyleMit: "I clicked 'PAUSE ANIMATION', but only the circle stopped rotating, while loading continued! Can you make it so that loading is paused, too?' ;) – O. R. Mapper Apr 24 '19 at 13:09

Maybe they want to provide an option to the user to stop the distraction when the loading takes longer. And then at the same time allowing to resume it, to see if the process is still running (If it has something to to with the background process..?)


The one reason I can think of (which only applies to mobile devices) is that it can save processing power, and thus, battery power.

When I turn my phone onto Battery Saving mode all animations stop being processed. This in turn saves my battery juice for a little longer by not running those processes.

Since your example is on a desktop/laptop or otherwise, I would guess it might be due to incompatibility in some browsers... maybe it looks weird in IE?

Otherwise, as @LisaTweedie said, it's over-engineering.


Root problem is the loading indicator is way too overbearing (IMHO you could get dizzy if you stare at it too long)

So rather than fix the loading indicator and change it to something more elegant and fitting, a pause button was added.

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