Predictions

by Mike Masnick


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Perhaps The Paperless World Isn't Such A Myth

from the mythbusting-the-myth? dept

At the beginning of the personal computer revolution, there were plenty of predictions concerning things like the "paperless office." However, during the 90's it was widely decided that the paperless office was a myth -- and, in fact, the use of computers had actually generated even more demand for paper as there was more stuff than ever before to be printed. Perhaps, though, the myth of the paperless office was a bit of a myth itself. Or, at the very least, it was merely off by a decade or so. The younger generation is less interested in using paper and more and more people are figuring out that they really don't need paper any more. This won't mean the end of paper over night, but it certainly appears that we're finally reaching a point that some had predicted decades ago, where people are recognizing that it's easier to store things digitally than on paper.

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    Glaurung, 12 Feb 2008 @ 9:12am

    Maybe paperless had to wait for high resolution monitors. Back when they first predicted the paperless office, your typical monitor was 12 or at most 14 inches at an eye-bleeding 60hz. A sheet of paper held more information than a screen, and didn't flicker or glare at you. Now that 17 and 19 inch monitors are becoming standard, and LCD monitors have all-but eliminated the problems of screen flicker, monitors can now hold as much information as one or even two sheets of paper at full size, and reading off a screen is no longer massively less convenient and comfortable than reading off a printout.

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