Consider that it is often said that...

  1. Safari is more battery/CPU efficient.
  2. Most people will never run across a web site that runs better on Chrome than on Safari (excluding Google explicit sites).
  3. Memory consumption is dramatically better with Safari vs Chrome
  4. Excluding extensions that have security risks, Safari has a comparable list of available extensions.
  5. Safari fares much better in terms of security. Google Chrome is comparable to user-installed malware.
  6. Incredible developer tools like Instruments (just enable the "Develop" menu)

See Chrome loads very slowly while Safari very fast

Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome (2016)

In light of that I do not understand why anyone would want to run Chrome instead of Safari.

But browsers change a lot and often.
Websites with old opinions do not.

How do I find out if these assertions are really true for my current setup?

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    Unless you have a concrete problem or question with a solveable problem this is a question for MacInTouch.com not here. Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 23:01
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    Chrome is not my cuppa as well. But: As of v12 Safari has now no more any comparable extensions. // Apart from this half-answer: this seems very opinion driven as a Q and probably demands the same from As. To bring that a bit more into hard data, concrete problem: 1. reference your claims (many who?) 2. ask for facts, data? Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 23:38
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    I’m voting this +1 since I think we have a quorum of amazing people with opinions in the comments who I wish to hear their thoughts. Yes, this is subjective, but I think with some references and light edits, there’s a good subjective question since any good answer will have to explain why someone would choose a less efficient browser that is also more capable to do X Y or Z. I’d love to have a place to get answers that will illuminate choices in web browsers.
    – bmike
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 3:18
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    It’s a little more nuanced @SteveChambers since there are good-subjective questions that we encourage. This isn’t yet such a question without some substantial edits. As written, despite wanting to get it to the bar of “good-subjective” I agree with the hold for now.
    – bmike
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 11:01
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    Asking for what people think is asking for opinions instead of facts, which is why the question is currently on hold. @bmike‘s post on Meta explains what needs to be edited into the question to focus on facts instead of opinions. As currently written the question invites answers which will debate the claims made in the question, which doesn’t help in answering it.
    – nohillside
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 7:58

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I use Chrome for work related stuff with its list of bookmarks etc

And Safari for personal stuff including banking

So if (and that is a big if) I let someone do a quick search on my machine at work then they are in chrome...

Nothing to do with memory use - and that is not an issue as my macbook pro is sufficiently powerful.

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