Touch Screen Monitors Are Here to Stay
Gone are the mouses and cords of yesterday: whether we agree or not, touch screen monitors are probably the wave of the future. In a world of increasing interactivity, these monitors satisfy what has become a natural urge to connect to the utmost degree with one's device. I am not ashamed to admit that I once found myself caught up in the advanced abilities of my iPhone, iPad, and iPod, as I returned to my desktop and attempted to double-tap a Windows program on my desktop to open it. I have come to expect this quicker, easier alternative to utilizing a separate device that locates my cursor and allows me to proceed. Truth be told, there are arguments to be made against the advanced, swipe-able system, but, for the most part, we will likely be seeing more of them as time progresses.
Much like the role LCD and LED television sets once played to what we would now deem as "oversized" television boxes, touch screen monitors are still new to consumers who, without being provided information regarding its advantages up front, may not be prepared to shell out the extra cash to acquire an advanced monitor. In addition to its higher cost, touch screens are a thicker alternative to the slimmest regular and 3D monitors with which they compete, so they do lose in the race of who's lightest, slimmest, and most easily hidden behind a tree. Let's not forget that, like tablets and i-devices, finger grease does tend to smear the same surface through which we struggle to read information on a daily basis, whereas typical monitors may encounter just a light coating of dust over time.
Still, the pros of touch screens surely outweigh its cons. Perhaps one of the most appealing qualities of the touch screen monitor is its ability to seemingly match one's thought processes. The involvement of an additional tool that is accompanied by even the slightest lag, such as a mouse, actually slows down one's thought process, and therefore potential productivity. You want to see that a little better? Just one quick motion with your fingers and the screen doubles in size. You can pick the exact spot in which you'd prefer to zoom. There is no longer a need to pause to locate the magnifying glass icon, click it, and then select which approximate percentage of zoom will aid your effort to see something. Most of the time, you never pick the right percentage the first time anyway. Touch screens save all of this time. You can quickly swipe programs off and on to your screen. In addition, touch screens are often accompanied by the option for a stylus input, which allows one to write directly onto the screen, simplifying processes such as the facilitation of documents that require signatures and generating hand-written notes. Let's not mention how the failure of a mouse's battery or its unfortunate disconnection from the back of the PC is inconvenient enough and always seems to happen at the most inopportune times.
Based on these advantages, touch screens will likely become the norm and, as its demand becomes typical, costs will relax and computer "mice" and cords will cease to exist. Just as I find myself wondering how I ever got along with technology like wall phones, VHS tapes, and blowing on Nintendo games in order to make them work, thanks to the advancement that is touch screen monitors, someday we'll look back and laugh at how we used to do things before they became so much easier.