As tablets and touch screen computers become more prevalent at work and home, will there be a time where the humble pen and paper will be replaced?
Although tablets aren’t quite as ubiquitous in our life as the manufacturers may want you to believe, they still play a growing part in business, study and play. If uptake of tablets continues at the current rate, why would we need to use paper?
For students, tablets have become particularly popular over the past decade. The versatility of these devices have changed many students’ work patterns. What was once before a pen and paper, has now being replaced by tablets and touch devices. It’s easier to take notes on a tablet, storing the files in safe cloud locations to read at a later date. Tablets also come with the addition of being able to record sound, video and accurate time logs.
In business, working on tablets allows uses to share data, quickly amend documents without making a hard copy and of course keeping people connected.
Tablets are more efficient, versatile and are crucially reusable in an instant.
Paper’s not out yet
Now for the downside. The first one is pretty easy, paper is everywhere. It’s currently too cheap to ignore especially when recycled. Jotting notes on paper is also hardwired into the heads of everyone bore before the year 2000, it’s just easier to do. Sure a tablet may be cheaper in the very, very long run but for now, this 5p note book and stolen pen is quite adequate enough to work.
Costs are always an issue when it comes to the bigger picture. Although a tablet may be cheaper in the long run forking out for a piece of paper and pen is not exactly a serious outgoing for most people. There is also the ability to quickly annotate and note in freehand or draw freely.
Another eBook revolution?
The argument here isn’t that the pen and paper will simply disappear, more that it will be over taken by a more popular form? We have already seen eBooks begin to dominate the literary market, could tablets make a similar move on the rest of the physical world.
For this to happen there would need to be a shift in attitudes. As younger generations come through and begin to use these electronic slates for simple tasks, then the tablet has the opportunity to outmuscle the old fashioned way. If it becomes easier to scribble on your tablet than find a piece of paper then then there may be shift, however for the time being the humble notepad will win out.