Datatypes are used for several reasons:
• Datatypes enable you to restrict the type of data that can be stored in a column. For example, a numeric datatype column only accepts numeric values.
• Datatypes allow for more efficient storage, internally. Numbers and date/time values can be stored in a more condensed format than text strings.
• Datatypes allow for alternate sorting orders. If everything is treated as strings,
1 comes before
10, which comes before
2. (Strings are sorted in dictionary sequence, one character at a time starting from ...