For A New Generation The Paperless Office Might Not Be Such A Myth
from the bad-news-for-the-paper-business dept
Years of predictions about the “paperless office” turned out to be quite wrong, and in many cases, new computer technology actually meant more paper (sometimes much more paper). However, there are some signs that things may be shifting towards less paper (though, not quite paperless). We’d mentioned this trend a year ago, but more reports seem to be seeing the same thing. As a younger generation moves into the work world, they seem less likely to use paper. In other words, the issue of the paperless office myth may not have been an issue of technology, but of culture. A culture that was so used to using paper meant that many people still used the technology to just produce more paper. However, younger people who grew up in a digital world just don’t see the need for paper. Obviously, that would mean we’re still a long, long way from really decreasing paper usage, but perhaps the paperless office wasn’t quite as laughable as many people assumed a few years ago.