A Paperless Society is Unnecessary. Cassandra Bell CIS 1055 Section 6 November 22, 2011. Intro. Paperless is defined as: not requiring paper because the use of computers and other electric media to record, convey, and store data (Online Dictionary).
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A Paperless Society is Unnecessary Cassandra Bell CIS 1055 Section 6 November 22, 2011
Intro • Paperless is defined as: not requiring paper because the use of computers and other electric media to record, convey, and store data (Online Dictionary). • A paperless society is where computers and electric media are the primary sources of storing, conveying, and usage of information. • Ever since the new millennium began, technology has played a big part in our lives. • Since technology has made our fast paced lives even faster, many feel like a paperless society is the move to make.
Professional Use • Good way of keeping track of records • Business’ can have solid proof of contracts and consensual agreements via signatures. • Hospitals can keep patients’ records safe and maintain privacy • Also for bills, and other important transactions, a paper hardcopy is efficient. • Schools can keep track of students’ as well as staff and faculty records. • Teachers can have physical proof of handed in assignments.
Personal Use • Some paper documents hold some value to some people • High School Diplomas • GED Certificates • Collegiate Degrees • Etc. • Important Documents • Marriage License • Birth Certificates • Death Certificates, House Deeds, Notorizations, etc.)
Keepsakes • Events that people want to remember: • Plays • Concerts • Family Events: • Weddings • Funerals • Graduation Ceremonies
Privacy Issues • It is easier to lose information electronically than physically. • “The idea that your computer’s applications run somewhere in the "cloud” on someone else’s server accessed via the Internet. Instead of running program applications or storing data on your own computer, these functions are performed at remote servers which are connected to your computer through the Internet” Shh…
Physical Issues Cont’d • Staring at a computer screen for a long period of time is unhealthy. • The body's system of handling blood sugar becomes less effective, increasing the risk of diabetes. • The body becomes less effective at breaking down "bad" fats, causing HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) to go down.
Cost Efficient • In today’s day and age, paper is being recycled (which is also eco-friendly). • It will cost less to replace a hard copy of something via paper compared to information that is lost when a hard drive crashes. • Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space (Earth 911). • More than 37 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States comes from recycled sources (Earth 911). If you recycle me, I will save trees so that you can breathe!!
Adjustments • Some people can’t or won’t adjust well to a paperless society. • Mainly the elderly will have issues adjusting to technology. • How will the blind individuals adapt to this? • Or those individuals who are handicapped, how will they adjust to living in a paperless society?
Conclusion • All electronic software and hardware needs proper maintenance in order to operate/work properly. • It is ALWAYS good to have a physical hard copy in case proof is needed for something. • If one wanted to get rid of confidentiality papers, shredding would be the best option. • Most of those who want to move to a paperless society are being selfish and are not taking the time to think about other people in society.
References • Paperless. Free Online Dictionary.Com. Retrieved: November 18, 2011.http://www.thefreedictionary.com/paperless • Privacy Today: A Review of Current Issues. Privacy Rights.com. Updated: November 15, 2011. Retrieved: November 20, 2011. https://www.privacyrights.org/ar/PrivacyIssuesList.htm#cloudcomputing • Rodriguez, Lavinia. Sitting at Your Job for Long Periods of Time can have Profound Health Effects. NBC Action News. Posted: November 20, 2011. Retrieved: November 20, 2011. http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/health/sitting-at-your-job-for-long-periods-of-time-can- have-profound-health-effects#ixzz1eJlfATPi • The Facts about Paper and Paper recycling. Earth 911.com. Updated November 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011.http://earth911.com/recycling/paper/the-facts-about-paper-and-paper-recycling/