Users and Contemporary SERPs: A (Re-)Investigation: Examining User Interactions and Experiences

N. Roy, D.M. Maxwell, C. Hauff

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Abstract

The Search Engine Results Page (SERP) has evolved significantly over the last two decades, moving away from the simple ten blue links paradigm to considerably more complex presentations that contain results from multiple verticals and granularities of textual information. Prior works have investigated how user interactions on the SERP are influenced by the presence or absence of heterogeneous content (e.g., images, videos, or news content), the layout of the SERP (\emphlist vs. grid layout), and task complexity. In this paper, we reproduce the user studies conducted in prior works---specifically those of~\citetarguello2012task and~\citetsiu2014first ---to explore to what extent the findings from research conducted five to ten years ago still hold today as the average web user has become accustomed to SERPs with ever-increasing presentational complexity. To this end, we designed and ran a user study with four different SERP interfaces:(i) ~\empha heterogeneous grid ;(ii) ~\empha heterogeneous list ;(iii) ~\empha simple grid ; and(iv) ~\empha simple list. We collected the interactions of $41$ study participants over $12$ search tasks for our analyses. We observed that SERP types and task complexity affect user interactions with search results. We also find evidence to support most (6 out of 8) observations from~\citearguello2012task,siu2014first indicating that user interactions with different interfaces and to solve tasks of different complexity have remained mostly similar over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGIR 2022 - Proceedings of the 45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
PublisherACM DL
Pages2765–2775
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8732-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 Jul 202215 Jul 2022
Conference number: 45

Publication series

NameSIGIR 2022 - Proceedings of the 45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval

Conference

Conference45th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
Abbreviated titleSIGIR '22
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period11/07/2215/07/22

Keywords

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Interactive Information Retrieval
  • Search Interfaces
  • Search Tasks
  • Reproducibility

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