More than half of Americans think we'll never go paperless (survey)

Summary:Yet, surprisingly at least one fifth of Americans think we will eventually be a paper-free society.

Digital publishing, whether it be books, newspapers, or magazines, has grown in popularity significantly in the last year. Yet most Americans would agree that we're far off from being a paper-free society.

In fact, a new survey from Poll Position reports that more than half (56 percent) of Americans do not believe we will ever live in a paperless environment.

Yet, 20 percent of Americans still argued that a paperless society is possible, while 24 percent were undecided or had no opinion.

For reference, the report is based on the responses from more than survey of 1,142 registered voters who were surveyed via telephone on December 6.

Roughly one fifth of the adult population (based on this representative sample) believing that we could live without paper entirely is a significant amount of people.

Nevertheless, as much as I love and prefer paying bills online and reading all of my books and magazines on a tablet from now on, I still think it is a folly to believe that we will be able to live without paper -- at least not for the next few lifetimes, perhaps. (Also, it's unclear whether or not this study includes toilet paper use as well.)

There are definitely plenty of other instances where paper can easily be replaced, including using Eventbrite's mobile app rather than printing out the ticket, or even managing healthcare records and voting as these methods become more secure. But many times those cases depend on people owning mobile devices, which are still quite expensive for many consumers nationwide.

Thus, although it would great and more beneficial overall for us to cut down our paper use as much as possible, paper is still a very cost-effective and easier option for many purposes.

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Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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