Are there users who always search?

In a study done by User Interface Engineering, the idea that some users always search rather than navigate using links is challenged. UIE found that use of search versus following links was site specific rather than user specific, and that the nature of the content users are looking for may also influence the decision. Users often use search for known items (books and CD's) but will link when looking for clothing. Devising and producing a site that supports both visitors who prefer using the search engine and those who gravitate toward links presents a substantial challenge. Teams with limited resources find themselves in the position of having to support two separate paths to the same content. ... In a recent study we conducted on e-commerce sites, we tested out this assumption about user preferences.