There are more and more places going paperless. You see it in businesses, banks, agents, even books. It's a good thing right? I was led to this website with an interesting graphic about the benefits, almost the inevitability of the world going paperless. In a way I can see it. A futuristic setting where school kids all have their own tablet. All textbooks and assignments are electronic, all homework is completed and sent in from the tablet. According to the graphic on that web page 90% of college students already have laptops, plus many with smartphones and ereaders. So this futuristic setting isn't really that far off.
Yet, I personally can't see the world going paperless. I think we will need much less of it as life, and technology, go on. But I don't think it will ever be completely replaced. A love note over the computer, while still nice, isn't the same as a handwritten expression of sentiment. Or is that just my opinion? Just as there are still record stores and people who adore vinyl over cds or mp3s there will always be people who collect physical copies. My personal library is becoming mixed. Not only do I have many (a very many, around 700) physical books, my ebook library is growing also (still under 200, and many of those were free). I love them both. They have different characteristics and therefore different uses. So while going digital is on the rise I don't think it will abolish paper.
But what do you think?