I have noticed that the Stack Exchange layout is being changed from time to time and that it seems to get worse for the desktop users, a fact also mentioned in one of the top comments for the post summary design change announcement.

My feeling is that, at least for Stack Overflow, most page views are generated on rather large screens since one typically writes some code when looking for information on SO.

I tried looking for some stats related to browsers and screen sizes, but managed only to find this very old question and these very old stats.

Are there any recent stats on this? (let's say 2021+)

It would be interesting to see how these stats break down by community as well, since it might be different.

Some references (Deprecating our mobile views, Updated stats on browsers used on SE, Stack Overflow 2010 Analytics, Topic suggestions: What else should we ask developers?) are useful, but they are not an answer to this question. If I understand correctly the answer might be that there are no publicly available stats, but that they are available to folks with site-analytics privilege (25K+). Is this the case?

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    Does this answer your question? Deprecating our mobile views
    – Rob
    Jan 31, 2022 at 16:36
  • These links may also be helpful: Updated stats on browsers used on SE (MSE), Stack Overflow 2010 Analytics (Stack Overflow Blog), meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/319221/…
    – Rob
    Jan 31, 2022 at 17:09
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    ...How are there 3 dupe-close votes on this? The core question here is "Are there any recent stats on [mobile v. desktop site usage]?" As far as I can tell, the linked post doesn't actually give any stats on the prevalence of mobile site usage, or screen sizes, or anything akin. Did I just miss it?
    – zcoop98
    Jan 31, 2022 at 20:19
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    I share your frustration with the current state of the large screen views, but I think your assumption that the mobile views are somehow being purposefully preferred over desktop and somehow data will change that equation isn't correct. Stacks is also responsive...While you don’t quite get [them] for free, it’s super easy to build views that scale to all viewports, regardless of device or window size. The problem is that the goal to have one responsive view for every window size is impossible to deliver without giving up some aesthetics and functionality.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 31, 2022 at 21:05


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