Is there a usability reason for centring a website's content area on a page?
I'm facing a difficult problem that I can't seem to solve rationally.
I find that it that websites that have their content centered are more pleasing to use than those that have the content aligned to the left. This is even more noticeable when there is less content on the webpages.
My guess is that it's easier to read what's directly in front of your eyes than to move them to the left. But this is only a guess without any real scientific basis.
Is there any consensus, or has there been any research done on whether it's better to align content to the left or center it on websites?
UPD: Relevant IxDA discussion: http://www.ixda.org/node/23895