2 Monitor Screens & Connected Isolation

Curated by CLAI

CONNECTED ISOLATION: One of the paradoxes of technology is that it connects us and isolates us at the same time. We get more, faster, but cannot help wondering if that is always better. We have more to read and more to watch, more to learn and more to transact, more friends and more followers — and yet we can somehow feel less satisfied.

The teenage quest for a car has been replaced with the need for a smartphone. It is easier to communicate via smartphone than to get in a car to drive somewhere to actually talk to someone in person.

Dual Monitor

Dual Monitor (Peter DaSilva, NYTIMES)

DUAL MONITORS: In a switch that amounts to heresy among some techies, I turned off the extra screen on my desktop computer. With a single screen that couldn’t accommodate too many simultaneous stimuli, a screen just large enough for a single word processor or browser window, I found something increasingly elusive in our multiscreen world: focus.

  • For years, techies have argued that getting an extra monitor or two for your desktop computer is an especially effective way to increase personal productivity. The logic seemed airtight: Two (or more) computer monitors means more room on your virtual desktop, which means more room to do your work. And more room to work would seem to mean faster work.
  • Most people have their email up on the second screen, and of course, when anything comes in, it’s a great source of distraction.
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