I completely disagree. Books have been written since the dawn of time (exaggeration yes) in fonts about 10 to 12 point text. It makes reading easier because you can take in more words at the same time. With many sites now I have to move my head back away from my laptop with my arm at full stretch to comfortably read something. Also the trend of tables of data having large row heights is absolutely ridiculous. Its so hard to scan through the data to find what you want now - again for the same reason that they eye cant take in as much data in one go. Its a bit like those relatively rare (luckily) folder selection windows that you cant resize and only contain 4 lines. Navigating to the folder is really difficult.
The principles of laying out pages and data have been established and developed over a very very long period in books, magazines and publications. For some reason we are throwing all these logical and scientifically based design norms out the window with current web site design.
Designers are putting permanent blank space bars at both the bottom and top of pages and making fonts and line spacing larger - leaving only the smallest amount of actual content on the page at one time.
I can understand changes are needed for mobiles and tablets, however, the layouts should only be changed when your using these devices. Plenty, if not most, people use laptops now - so saying displays are larger is just not true.
If we have the power now, lets focus on making sites display properly on whatever device we are using - and not placing visual appeal over content (im looking directly at you google). Lets stop hiding commonly used menus / buttons / features in favour of "decluttering". What is the point of a de-cluttered workspace if its horrid to use?