Will the pen and paper ever go out of fashion?

Posted on Feb 18 2013 - 5:06pm by Peter Millikin

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With tablets, touch screens and wireless mice now becoming home and office essentials in 2013, what makes the pen and paper such a classic staple of ‘office artillery’?

You arrive at your desk, you check your emails, you open up a browser and then you Tweet. You can even do it all from your smartphone when you’re on the go. Digital-age living and working is simply about being connected to as many people as possible and doing everything as fast and as easily as you can. Our phones connect to our emails, our emails connect to our apps and our apps connect to our browsers. Anything we want is just a click away, thanks to a massive range of highly intelligent applications that speak to each other fluently. These are just things that we expect to happen and take for granted at work.

If we are so advanced and tech-savvy, then why do we feel the need to keep a pen and paper at our desks?

The pen has been around since the Egyptian times, yet it hasn’t gone out of fashion like an old laptop or a floppy disk. We wouldn’t be seen dead with a computer from the nineties, and when we talk to our friends about who’s got the latest iPhone or app; it’s often always a struggling competition to have the latest, fastest and newest piece of technology. Strangely enough however, we don’t cringe when someone mentions a fountain pen like you would upon hearing the words ‘Windows Vista’.

As I’m writing this, my trusty notepad sits above my keyboard with today’s ‘to-do’ list written down in my favourite Biro. There’s something slightly old fashioned in jotting down the really important things in life, it’s that subconscious fear of our technology failing us. We could simply jot things down in Word or Notepad, but we don’t. Maybe we don’t fully realise this – or want to admit it – but as humans, I don’t think we have yet put our full trust in computers to handle things such as to-do lists and such. Yes, I’m sure they’re plenty of people out there who utilise applications and software for this kind of task, but you can’t deny the fact that almost everyone has a pen and paper for something! I’d go as far as saying it’s the desktop essential; if everything else failed, we’d be left with the good old ink, pen and paper!

So the next time you’re wishing you had an upgrade on your broadband, or thinking about buying your annual new laptop, have a good look at your pen and notepad; can you ever imagine replacing them for something completely different?

With thanks to Toner Giant for this interesting article. Why not ask them for a quote the next time you need to order some ink or toner for your printer? You can order until 5.15pm for next day delivery!


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