Very wide websites

An associate was looking to get a website done and got some portfolios to look at and noticed that almost all the websites were very wide and with large fonts. It seems that a few years ago there were more variations in the shape of websites, some a lot skinnier and with sometimes very small fonts.

Seems like with this very wide, large font style a person needs to scroll down too much. Even FCC has this style.

I sort of liked it better with more variations and less scrolling.

Is it that the canned website frameworks force this on us?

Anyone have an explanation or have noticed this?

these types of styles are better at adjusting to different types of mobile devices. most of the users on the internet are using mobile devices.