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The Psychology of Paper
By ellen | Wed, 06/30/2010 - 14:32
For decades, technology gurus have predicted the demise of paper and the advent of an electronic age of communication. Electronic communications has definitely grown, just look at Facebook, My Space, Twitter and the World Wide Web in general. But paper trail has not gone away and is anything but dead. People still have an attachment to paper and this does not appear likely to change.
In August, 2006, a survey by Opinion Research Corporation found that sixty percent of the general public thought it was more stressful to read a 20-page document on a computer screen than it was to print it out. In addition, sixty-five percent stated that they could not envision an office or home without paper in five years. 2011 is just around the corner and paper is still with us stronger than ever.
From a psychological perspective, people feel an attachment to paper because it is a tangible item they can permanentl