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In Defense of Desk Clocks

Updated on January 14, 2010

If you work in an office, odds are that you have a desk clock on your desk. As far as clocks go, the desk clock is probably one of the most utilitarian.

Some people think that desk clocks are no longer necessary, because most offices now have computers with desk clocks in the bottom-right corner of the screen. I disagree. Even though we live in a modern age with many computers, I still believe that it is a necessity to buy desk clocks. Although computers are here to stay, desk clocks will still have their place. I would like to point out some of the reasons why.

The first reason is that desktop clocks are physical. While it can be very convenient for you to glance at your computer screen to tell what time it is, human beings are physical creatures, and it can sometimes be preferable to have a physical object over a digital one.

Another reason that you might want to have a desk clock is that it can help to increase your productivity. If you are like me, then you have been on the computer to check the time, and then ended up reading on the internet for an hour. That’s not good. I would want to cut down on decreased productivity and I am sure that you would want to cut down on decreased productivity as well. A desktop clock is something that you can glance at while, say, on the way to a meeting. You don’t have to get on your computer, play games for half an hour, then discover that you missed the meeting and got fired! So buy desk clocks and keep your job!

Of course, I am exaggerating slightly, but that does not mean that desk clocks cannot be useful. You can always find a use for a desk clock.

For example, if you get off at five o’ clock, a desk clock is useful for knowing how much longer it will be until you will be able to go home! That is very useful to know, isn’t it?

Desk clocks are different than, say, mantle clocks because they are not as decorative, and their purpose is much more utilitarian. This does not mean that you cannot find a desk clock that looks good, it just means that you do not want your clock to take up your entire desk!

So ignore those who say that desk clocks have outlived their purpose. Personally, I don't think that they have. Call me old-fashioned, but the physical world is still the one that I live in, not the digital one.


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      AAA 6 years ago

      I just read this article. Thanks for sharing! But the reasons why we should buy a desk clock, even though we have a desktop clock are not there. There is no specific reason for this.

      A count down timer is way more useful than a desk clock, because every single pc or laptop has a timepiece at the botton right.

      Sorry but truth has to be said.