jecasc - 8:31 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: jecasc at 8:35 pm (utc) on Jan 4, 2012]
I agree with those that say screen width is not browser size.
The good thing about big screens is, that I can open multiple windows at once. I put the browser on the left half on the screen, open a video in the upper right corner and Skype in the lower right.
And when I surf websites that do not have a fixed screen width - like webmasterworld - I often reduce the browser width to make the text more readable. I don't find it very comfortable to read a paragraph that is stretched over a full wide screen.
And while I do not have any stats I simply don't believe that I am the only one doing this. However when I look at other peoples screens I see multiple windows arranged on the screen all the time.
Not to forget that many people use smartphones or tablets to surf the web nowadays. One thing on my to do list for this year is to adjust the layout of my website so it can be comfortable viewed with 800px resolutions again, because I do not want to create a separate mobile website.
Actually with smartphones and tabs on the rise I would rather argue that we will see a decrease in resolutions.
[edited by: jecasc at 8:35 pm (utc) on Jan 4, 2012]