The question is pretty much the one of the title. I'm a graduate student in theoretical physics and I notice a lot of professors work in string theory and I ask them to talk about it when they can.
The idea of strings intrigues me but I would like learn as much as possible from people working or studying in the field as to how much it has helped us gain a better understanding of areas such as quantum gravity, superconductors and the holographic principle.
I have read the Wikipedia String Theory article which is very comprehensive but I would really appreciate a chance to hear from anybody working in the field.
I would compare it exactly as if I asked about the benefits of classical electromagnetism or general relativity 100 years ago.