I've had some clients ask to purposely show a custom loading animation for their website...even though the load time is fast enough to not warrant a loading animation. 🤔 This means the user is presented the loading animation even when the content has already loaded. Now, I'll agree that some of the loading animations are cool, and I gain some amount of pleasure from watching them. But personally, I like having the data I'm looking for presented to me ASAP. I get the argument for wanting to show that animation to an extent...I mean some do give a cool "vibe" to a site. However, when I see a long loading animation, I feel like a site isn't very performant and that gives me bad "vibes".
What do you all think? 🤷♂️ Do you think it's a good idea or a good user experience to provide a loading animation when it's not even necessary? Personally, I'm not a fan. While animations are cool, I believe every second a user is on your site is precious and prefer to use every second to get the desired message across.