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I have to disagree with something you mentioned. The devices we browse on certainly do matter. Mobile browsing is incredibly different to desktop browsing, and I’m not sure how you can suggest otherwise. In fact it is so different that some companies have dedicated mobile sites. Responsive web design is a much better option as it allows users to remain familiar with the feel of the site.

I don’t think you are giving users enough credit. Using this site as an example, sure things move a bit, but they always remain in locations that make sense. If a user visits a new site for the first time the same issue arises. It’s all about familiarity and as long as designers aren’t being stupid then responsiveness should not impact on that. Remember that it isn’t catering to different devices, it’s catering to how humans interact with those devices.

Oh, and I never want to scroll horizontally. Ever.