Advantages of larger computer monitors
Surprisingly, or perhaps predictably, many people don't take advantage of technology as it improves on an almost day to day basis. Now, part of the reason for this is written right into that last sentence. Technology does advance on an almost day to day basis, and that's only considering technology in its individual aspects, e.g. computers, music and movie players, kitchen appliances, etc. Technology taken as a whole advances on a minute to minute basis! It seems as though you save up your hard-earned dollars for the "latest" gadget needed to simplify your life, make a job easier, bring entertainment closer to home, etc., go out and triumphantly buy it at your local megastore, bring it home, set it up, marvel at its ingenious construction and advantages, prepare for bed, fall asleep, wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee, grab the paper, and discover on page one that your fantastic new gadget was rendered obsolete overnight. They've already improved on it, those wizards, and expect you to fork over another hundred bucks or so for the fruits of their labors.
This process, repeated often enough, can make a person cynical about "improving" the technology she already owns. What's the point? she asks herself. I'll go out and get it, take months learning its subtle ways, only to turn on the television and see a commercial for yet another improvement on the improvement I already made. And so she sits back and allows her computer, or voice recorder, or whatever, to gather dust and become really a museum piece.
Also, technology can be really expensive. A person, say, wants to buy a fancy new bread mixer that will help him expand his baked goods business. He spends what to him is a fortune for what's new and improved, better than ever, the latest thing, the hot item, "the serious baker's only choice." And then-yep-he reads in Baker's Quarterly that the model he bought last month is now available with a button that allows you to, say, transform white flour into wheat flour instantaneously, plus it whistles the classical composer of your choice as it does so. This button alone has doubled the price of the mixer. Now we have a quite jaded baker on our hands, and he proceeds to stubbornly use the same mixer for forty years, convinced that the idea of "upgrading," "improving," and "replacing" old technology is a scam.
This mindset, after experiences like those listed above, is perfectly understandable. But perhaps our jaded baker and our cynical lady of the second paragraph should consider a few things. Let's take a random object, say, a computer monitor, and consider some reasons for upgrading it, improving it, or replacing it altogether.
1. It's true that technology advances too fast for the average person to keep up with it. What the average person should do, therefore, is find the thing that fits their needs and just a little more, educate themselves all that they can about it, and continue to educate themselves as the weeks and years and months go by. One advantage of a rapidly advancing technology is that what's expensive one month may become relatively (or even outrageously) affordable a few months down the road. In the case of computer monitors, you can now get larger models dirt cheap whereas those identical larger models were the price of a private jet a mere five years ago.
2. You may think you're perfectly content with your old computer monitor, it's tried and true, it's stuck by you through the hard times. But this is a pretty unpractical outlook if you think about it. Would you stick with the same pair of primitive glasses year after year for loyalty's sake? No, your eyesight's too important to you. Apply that same logic to a larger computer monitor. A larger computer monitor will allow you to see what you're doing, easing the strain on your eyes. A larger computer monitor will allow you to view several projects at once, or one large project broken down in its various components and conveniently grouped in a single, roomy space. With a larger computer monitor you don't have to click back and forth from document to document if making comparisons, etc. The fonts, the graphics, the colors, are suddenly clear and beautiful with a larger computer monitor.
3. Let's say you're into things like Photoshop and so forth. You like to make home movies, picture albums, all that kind of thing. It's a given that you've got to keep track of Photoshop's upgrades and breakthroughs, you've got to do it in order to make really excellent memorabilia. But why shouldn't the same argument apply to your computer monitor? It's a waste, from one perspective, to use archaic technology to run state of the art technology. A larger computer monitor allows you to see what your photographs etc. will actually look like printed out and arranged. A larger computer monitor will allow you to have more, much more, of your home movie immediately at hand when performing tasks such as editing. A larger computer monitor will make the experience of watching DVDs infinitely better. A larger computer monitor, in short, makes important activities more convenient, simple, effective, fruitful, and fun. And, again, thanks to technology's rapid progress, larger computer monitors are affordable for average people. After all, what's "outdated" to, say, a professional architect, computer monitor-wise, probably offers you so many improvements over your old model that you'll be using it ten years from now and still not know all it's secrets.
What applies to computer monitors applies to most other things when it comes to home, office, and entertainment technology. A larger television screen offers some of the same benefits of a larger computer monitor, the list goes on. It's up to you to decide what you need, realize that bad experiences in the past don't necessarily mean you've got to sit on your hands in the present, and go out and get it.