James Gowans on Pull-To-Refresh:
But what need or desire is compelling this action? What are we expecting to have transpired or changed in the brief moment since this application was opened? What update could possibly have been applied that would require another check so soon? This feeling is particularly insidious in regards to social media applications. What are we looking for when we pull-to-refresh?
In addition —in a technological sense— I feel a (Pull-To) Refresh feature is adding to the problem instead of fixing it.