The idea of a paperless society has been talked about since the 70s. Professor F.W. Lancaster, who coined the phrase, expected its arrival by the end of the 20th century–a typical time horizon for prognosticators of his time period. However, we still use millions of reams of paper everyday, but a significant decline in paper’s use is now being seen at least in the home printer industry. EducationNews.org has published a useful infographic that reviews the changes in student use of paper. Now that the generations addicted to paper have graduated, the younger generations are focusing more on electronic devices for textbooks, notes, and probably doodling & gaming in class. The tablet owning student population tripled between 2011 and 2012, and 90% of that population say they use their tablets for educational purposes. More importantly, 70% of all students say they regularly use digital textbooks, and 60% say they prefer ebooks when reading for pleasure or school. Between 2008 and 2012, the printer industry declined 25%, and paper’s overall demand has also declined since 2006. Although we will continue to use printers and the required paper for various reasons for many years, modern society’s need for paper is diminishing as the below infographic from EducationNews.org shows (click image to enlarge or click through to the source: http://www.educationnews.org/technology/never-print-again/).