Will The U.S. Go Paperless In The Next 10 Years?
When we finally understood the internet for what it could be, it became obvious that paper documents, whether they were books or marketing plans, would one day become obsolete.
But here we are in 2012, and we’ve still got daily newspapers, paper medical records, and lots of massive office printers churning through thousands of pounds of paper every year.
But why? Americans have been clear that they’re willing to do without hard copies for a long time. In fact, a recent survey of adults revealed that more than 75% of Americans consider reducing their paper consumption for environmental reasons to be important, with 44% committing to halve their paper consumption during the next 5-10 years.
And we’re not only talking about dumping the daily paper for an online subscription:
- 48.0% – willing to reduce their use of newspapers
- 45.9% – willing to reduce their use of magazines
- 37.6% – willing to reduce their use of forms, contracts, documents
- 31.6% – willing to reduce their use of books
- 6.1% – willing to reduce their use of toilet paper
So what’s the hold up? The infographic below sheds some light on why we aren’t already living with paperless offices and homes. And why it’s inevitable that we someday will (click through to zoom).