I have no idea where to put this, so I'm sticking it in the lounge. If there's a better place for it and you have Magical Powers (*coughs* moderators *coughs*) then you're welcome to move it. So, I'm sure everyone here has written an essay in standard MLA format for an English class. It's taught religiously in high school and in college. It's the beauty standard every paper, no matter how well-written, must live up to. One of the biggest formatting rules in MLA (and APA I believe) is that you have to double space the entire document. This brings me to my question: WHY!? I hate double spaced documents with a fiery passion. I hate writing in double space even more so. When you write in double space, a decently complex paragraph could take up an entire sheet of paper that you have to pay to print. Or, more annoyingly, there's an endless amount of scrolling that happens. My biggest pet peeve with it is that if I'm reading something but want to reread something stated earlier, instead of looking up a few inches on the paper, I have to scroll all the way up to another page or flip to another page. Why not use Word's more friendly "Multiple" spacing option? There's still space between each line that makes it easier for your eyes to read large quantities and you can still fit a decent amount of content on a page. Plus, it just looks better. I'm looking for an honest answer for why MLA requires you to double space everything. Surely there's some logic behind it that I'm missing or too biased to see.