Lately I’ve noticed that more and more attorneys at our firm seem to have two monitors for their computers. When you walk past their offices you do a double-take. (Bad pun alert!)
Why would attorneys need two monitors for their computers? I’m not sure. If you ask them, they give you some song-and-dance about how the extra monitor makes it easier for them to work with spreadsheets, or review documents, or perform some other important function. I’m guessing, however, that their decision to add a monitor was motivated, at least in part, by their belief that it will make their office cooler. And for the most part, it does! Working with that second screen makes them look hip and sharp, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.
There is a risk in this, of course. The number of monitors on office desks could become a competition that rapidly escalates out of control, like the arms race or the size of fins on American cars in the ’50s. If two monitors looks rad, what would three look like, or four? Soon offices could be like the Taxi episode where the Reverend Jim becomes motivated for a mysterious reason, works like a dog, and the other characters ultimately learn that he was saving all his money to erect an entire wall of TV sets.
And there’s a limit to what adding computer hardware can accomplish. As the photo accompanying this article indicates, not everyone with extra monitors will necessarily look cool.