Nobody believes in the paperless office of the future anymore, but some of stats in John Markoff's NYTimes piece are astounding. Here he references Brinda Dalal, self-styled "garbologist," who researched how people use paper in the current workplace:
Of the 1,200 pages the average office worker prints per month, 44.5 percent are for daily use--assignments, drafts or e-mail. In her research, scouring the waste produced by office workers, she found that 21 percent of black-and-white copier documents were returned to the recycling bin on the same day they were produced.
And this is the best:
What she has discovered is a notable change in the role of paper in modern offices, where it is increasingly used as a medium of display rather than storage. Documents are stored on central servers and personal computers and printed only as needed; for meetings, editing or reviewing information.
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