Only a few years ago it used to be considered bad website design to allow videos to auto-play when a user landed on the site. In college I was instructed to not enable autoplay by default because it was considered impolite to the user especially if their sound had been turned up. That was more than 10 years ago.
Today it would seem that most news websites and many mainstream websites in general are enabling autoplay for their embedded videos by default. Annoying? Irritating? For me and many users it is. And if your sound is turned up, forget about peace and quiet while browsing the web.
Do we have a say in the matter? Maybe but only if enough people complained about it. Unfortunately, for now anyways, our current generation is being forced to get used to the intrusive bombardment of pop-up ads, chat windows, and videos that autoplay without you asking them to.
What do you think? Feel free to leave me a comment below.