The answer is an inevitable yes.
A great portion of written communication has already been replaced by email, social media apps and other forms of electronic contact, like this IDBS electronic lab notebook. I mean, we can now peruse our favorite fashion or beauty magazines and put them in our pockets whenever we like, thanks to our trusted smartphones.
Even pictures, once the results of burn images on film that were later developed, have now almost exclusively adapted to the digital age.
A trip down memory lane …
Paper has been replaced in manner important industries, such as medicine and air transport. Instead of having a separate paper chart for each patient, a doctor can have all his patient’s vitals not only available on a single iPad, but can also be electronically updated by a nurse in a remote location any time of the day.
And we have airline pilots, who used to carry multiple phonebook-sized manuals and coordinates in their cockpits, now using tablets, with modern graphics and the capability of having new software installed at any time. Efficiency. Convenience. Just a few of the reasons we are embracing the digital age.
These days, if you have a home office, you can easily send accounting spreadsheets, magazine spreads, a rendering for a new building, and even wedding photographs, all in electronic form. Not only does this cut delivery time between you and your clients, but it also will reduce your annual expenses when it comes to paper, pens, printing ink and more.
There are other benefits in going paperless as well. The most notable being the reduction of tree cutting round the globe. Deforestation is a well-known concern for many countries around the world, and while many developed countries have made great strides in recycling paper, millions of trees are still brought down as a much needed raw material.
We are already at the height of the digital age, quietly knocking at the door of connected age of humanity, where every single electronic device, from your smartphone, refrigerator, traffic light and the automobile will all be able to talk to each in one way or another. Sounds cool and crazy, like a movie, right? But it’s bound to happen.
So the question really is not a matter of can we go fully paperless. No. It’s simply a matter of when.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with IDBS // #LetsGoPaperless campaign. As per FTC guidelines, I’m disclosing that I have been compensated doing what I love, and darn, it feels good!