When it comes to screens, the American way seems to be the more the better. Dissatisfied with just one glowing rectangle at a time, we now use multiple screens all at once. At home, for example, we watch TV while using smartphones, tablets and laptops -- all at the same time, explains The New York Times' Randall Stross. At work, we've also upped the screens-per-person count, adding more monitors to our desk's as a New York Times article from last month described. One at a time doesn't cut it -- there's something about the glow of different sorts of screens that gets us going. But what is it?
Productivity! We use more screens to get more things done at once -- at least that's the theory that employers and advertisers hope is a reality. From an employer's perspective, why not let have employees have six screens -- one man interviewed by the Times' Matt Richtel admitting having that many monitors -- if that means more places for work to get done. The same thing applies for our leisure screens. More of them let's us do more viewing, or whatever type of fun having we do (Dream Zoo, anyone?) at once.
This seems kind of legitimate, as some studies have found that screen time ups productivity, noted Richtel. And, on an anecdotal basis, these multi-screen users told Richtel that one screen isn't enough. And, we know from personal experience breeding anacondas while watching Parks and Recreation means finishing two important leisure tasks all at once. Then again, other studies have found multitasking does not work at all, hampering productivity and degenerating our memories -- perhaps we would have bread those anacondas faster sans Parks in the background?