Miguel Malheiros, Charlene Jennett, Snehalee Patel, Sacha Brostoff and Martina Angela Sasse 


Online display advertising is predicted to make $29.53 billion this year. Advertisers believe targeted and personalized ads to be more effective, but many users are concerned about their privacy. We conducted a study where 30 participants completed a simulated holiday booking task; each page showing ads with different degrees of personalization. Participants fixated twice as long when ads contained their photo. Participants reported being more likely to notice ads with their photo, holiday destination, and name, but also increasing levels of discomfort with increasing personalization. We conclude that greater personalization in ad content may achieve higher levels of attention, but that the most personalized ads are also the least acceptable. The notice-ability benefit in using someone’s photo to make them look at an ad may be offset by the privacy cost. As more personal data becomes available to advertisers, it becomes important that these trade-offs are considered.

Date: May 5, 2012 Presented: 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012) Published: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012), ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 579-588. Publisher: ACM ISBN: 978-1-4503-1015-4 Publisher URL: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=2207676.2207758 Full Text: https://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=2207758 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2207676.2207758