I spent Monday trying to find an article that is not available online. Eventually, I discovered I would have to get in my car and drive 30 or 40 minutes to a library to look at a book containing this article (or microfiche). I cursed The New Yorker. I was upset because I know the magical secret to a happy existence, as scientifically verified by a group of researchers. In a collection of "[s]urveys of faculty, students, and scientists in non-university settings," Boyd et al (2004, 137) found proof that accessing information online, instead of physically traveling to an information agency, saves users time. According to Boyd et al (2004, 137), "[o]ur surveys show that this [accessing information online] saves them about 15 minutes per reading on average (emphasis added)."
Boyce, Peter, Donald King, Carol Montgomery, and Carol Tenopir. 2004. How electronic journals are changing patterns of use. The Serials Librarian 46 (2): 121-114.