WHAT’S WITH THE BIG SCREENS?
SECOND SCREENS AND LARGER DISPLAYS ARE CHEAP, EASY WAYS TO GET MORE FROM COMPUTERS. BILL BENNETT EXPLAINS THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY; SEEING MORE INFORMATION AT THE SAME TIME.
Second screens and larger displays are cheap, easy ways to get more from computers. Bill Bennett explains that it’s all about productivity; seeing more information at the same time.
In some jobs it’s common to see people working on two or more large computer screens. Financial traders are an obvious example. They often have a few help screens on their desk in order to make splitsecond decisions. The extra screens let them to see large amounts of information at a glance and they don’t need to switch between windows or applications. That’s something that no amount of innovation has made easier. Likewise, designers, engineers, doctors and nurses often have more than one desktop display. They seem to be essential for video production folk and software developers. You’ll see many displays in front of seats on a ship’s bridge or in a network control centre.
It’s also not unusual to see desk workers in large corporations with more than one screen, and you don’t need to look far to understand why. More screen area makes for greater productivity. Research evidence shows that for many tasks two or more screens improve a worker’s performance. A 2008 University of Utah study found people with more than a single screen could get 10 percent more work done. They make 33 percent fewer errors, and this was after just a single hour of training.