Is Paper Really Dead?

Diane's Writing Life

I’ve been reading Kristen Lamb’s book, Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World, and something she wrote hit me right between the eyes.

“For the first time in human history, we have generations being born into a world where paper is a novelty and even a nuisance.”

Did that hit you, too?

Think about it.

Students are now writing their term papers on a laptop or tablet instead of spiral bound notebooks.


Students are using a touchscreen or stylus instead of #2 pencils and pens.

#2 pencil

Students are reading books on eReaders, tablets or phones instead of holding a well-loved title in their hot little hands.

Girl reading book

And we’ve already moved from handwritten letters, referred to as ‘snail mail,’ to electronic mail (emails) and texts.


Although I have embraced the electronic age, I will be sad to see my beloved spiral bound notebooks, #2 pencils and beautifully handwritten letters…

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