I believe it is essential to have a uniform system of writing by different professionals. This uniform system makes it easier to keep track of information in a systematic manner which allows for a much simpler way of communication. By having these systems set in place there is always a specific way to search for information in papers.
I do find it difficult to rely on these systems, because it makes writing papers hard in following these rules. This does need to be set in place in order to allow maximum precision through writing. If these rules were not set in place there would be a lot of confusion as to how to format papers.
According to, http://writinghood.com/writing/the-importance-of-apa-format-in-writing/#ixzz1nR3REuxO The APA guidelines were developed to ensure the reader of the written material can easily understand the theme of the paper as well as gain an understanding of its theory. Unfortunately as a student I still find these systems to be difficult t understand. I just had the experience of writing my first research paper using APA style, and I found it to be stressful and irritating. In the world of information we live in this is important, even though it seems so tedious and picky.