Apparently I'm one of the very few people that actually want to see the content I click on right away.
If I click on a link -- even to open it in a new tab -- I want to look at it. But no, everyone else wants to keep looking at the current page, instead of switching tabs to the new link.
I wanna look at the stuff I clicked on.
Without having to click on it again, that is.
I typically use Chrome, so at least there are plugins to bring new tabs to the front, but as often as not they break with updates. Though, the current plugin seems to have worked fine for some time now...
There is the shift-ctrl-click to open tabs with focus but I agree it is quite cumbersome to do so. So I also just grabbed a extension to do it for me. Though I have heard google "Might" be implementing a settings that allows us to choose and even maybe customize the default hotkeys so hopefully they will follow through with that.