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5 Reasons Why Dual Monitors Are Still More Productive

Jun 8th, 2016 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

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Innovation is giving people more ways to work than ever before, including on mobile devices. However, Samsung recently revisited the benefits of using multiple monitors. The company seems to still stand by the claims of a 2003 study by the University of Utah which states people using “dual-screen monitors resulted in 33 percent fewer errors, 16 percent faster edits.”

So what makes a dual-monitor set-up better?

1. Less chance of carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a nerve issue that effects the wrist and fingers. Consistent repetitive mouse use over a long period of time can contribute to someone developing this issue. Using a dual monitor is one of the ways to help minimize this risk, because there is less need for clicking back and forth between tabs or programs.

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2. Easier multi-tasking:

With multiple screens, a chat support employee can have relevant information up without having to close the conversation. An accountant can create a report with receipts open at the same time. These are just a couple examples of efficiency with a multi-screen set-up. Multi-tasking means less interruptions, because an employee can reply to an incoming email without losing focus by closing their project.

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3. Seeing the whole picture

When reviewing lengthy charts or spreadsheets, it can be difficult to see the whole thing on one small screen. This equals a lot of scrolling to see all the information. With multiple monitors, it is easier to understand the bottom line and pull out necessary data.

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4. Cheaper than one large monitor

There are some arguments for just buying just one large monitor to increase the digital workspace – but this isn’t a cheap option right now. A quick google search showed a 34-inch monitor costing 748 dollars, while buying two 24 inch monitors would cost 280.

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5. More relaxed working environment

Adding an extra monitor might seem like a simple or small change. But Dr. Phyllis King is quoted in the Samsung study to say “People perceive a high level of mental stress when working on a single monitor.” This is because employees on a single monitor are not feeling as productive when they can’t multi-task. People like feeling accomplished.

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I used a dual monitor set-up to write this blog post. This allowed me to have Microsoft Word open on one screen, while being able to have sources open on the other. This way, I didn’t lose my train of thought while fact checking. Fads will come and go, but a dual monitor set-up seems to still be a staple of the workplace.

Sources:

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http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VA2465smh-SuperClear-Integrated-Speakers/dp/B00RPJOQQ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464977847&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=24%27+monitor&psc=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/20/technology/20basics.html?ex=1303185600&en=6fc17b9bf54c62ef&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome

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