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Tech-Fueled Productivity

Posted by: Jena McGregor on April 1, 2008

Looking for ways to be more productive? The Wall Street Journal had an interesting blog post recently on a study that says larger computer monitors can make you more productive. The study, by professors at the University of Utah, was funded by NEC, which makes computer monitors, so believe what you will. But still, it has a ring of truth: Apparently, people using a 24-inch monitor completed tasks like editing a document or copying numbers between spreadsheets in the study 52% faster than those using an 18-inch monitor. While the study found people using the larger monitor could save 2.5 hours a day, it also noted that few people were likely to sit and work for eight hours straight, either.

Still, it really made me want a bigger monitor. Is anyone in IT listening?

Reader Comments

Steve Roesler

April 1, 2008 2:30 PM

Well, Jena, I'm not sure that I (n=1) qualify as a valid study and may be suspect.

But I do have a 24" monitor and can always tell the difference in speed as well as accuracy with word and graphics editing. Looking at the "52% faster" figure really does ring true.

Whether it's 52 or 38 or 61% doesn't really matter. The fact is, productivity goes up, stress goes down, and the eyes feel a lot better at the end of a session.

Steve Roesler


April 2, 2008 3:46 PM

I'm not sure about bigger being better but in my case more was better. I currently have two side by side 19" monitors and they've really helped out my productivity (honestly they have). A lot of times I'm comparing data from two different sources or working with two different programs at the same time and it's much easier and faster to have them open side by side at the same time then having to switch from one to the other.

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