Full Width Web Pages – or – Margins are Your Friend

One of my pet peeves is when I visit a web site and it automatically takes up the entire width of the screen.  I have a rather large monitor (you’d be jealous if you saw it) – so when a block of text actually stretches completely from the left to the right, unless I’m sitting far back from the screen, I actually have to move my head from side to side to read it.  This requires much more effort than simply moving my eyes from left to right.  I’m not sure what it is about it that actually bugs me so much – I suppose I like some whitespace around the blocks of text that I read.  Otherwise I feel a feeling akin to claustrophobia.  I wonder what a word would be to describe it – zeromargiphobia? overwide-a-phobia?

Just needed to rant for a moment.