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say that you find something interesting on the internet or through an email, and you want to share said information with a friend. even if it's interoffice, the natural instinct that i have is to forward the link or the email electronically, either via email or IM or what have you.

my boss and our administrative assistant, both in their mid-late 50s, have a first instinct to share things by dropping a physical copy of said things in my door inbox. Sure, if they were reading a physical magazine and want to share an article, then i can understand that logic (although if it were me i'd probably find the online version and just share that instead if that were even relevant to me as i don't read physical magazines anymore), but even things like emails or online articles that they find are things that they'll physically print out and then place in my physical box.

an initial instinct says that this is a generational thing, but i think that it's more likely to be a comfort level and adoption level thing. Neither my boss nor the admin assistant are technology gurus - when my boss needs to have his iPad configured for email or whatever else, he gets one of our student workers to do it for him and doesn't want to know about it until it breaks. the administrative assistant, when she found out that Mark's wife was pregnant, immediately dropped into Mark's door inbox a huge physical book of "how to raise your kid" - that was published in the early 1970s.

by contrast, my former boss at Symantec who is also in his mid-late 50s can build databases from scratch in his sleep. it's natural for him to forward things via email or IM. When we worked as a team we hardly used physical paper for anything other than SOX compliance. My parents do all of their finances through Quicken, and my dad keeps a huge spreadsheet that he created from scratch (that he has a physical printout of for easy reference) that notates every vacation, family reunion, or other general noteworthy family event in chronological order.

This could be me in the near future for all i know; i'm a big technology advocate, but i'm not a big fan of adoption of technological advances just for advancement sake, as in i don't find a lot of value in the tablet market and still prefer the cost-effectiveness and ease of internal-upgrading that i can do with a desktop computer over any laptop. i'm not sure if that's the same thing or not because there are lots of things that i do on a desktop computer that i can't do on a tablet (video editing, sound editing, music writing), and there are things i get out of a desktop computer that i can't get out of a laptop (ease of moving internal hard drives around, vertical dual monitor set up. these could just be excuses for me holding on to the new old way, especially as synchronized cloud-based storage becomes more popular, but i dunno. i probably need a teenager or early 20's someone to enthusiastically show me some hot new technology and its practical application and see whether my initial reaction is to sniff my nose at it or to say, "hey that's cool." the first time i start to sniff my nose at it for no reason other than "well, that's just not what i would do" is probably the right time for me to throw in the towel.


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Mar. 16th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I like reading off of paper. For example, I have a letter to edit and I just printed it out right this second so that I can scribble on it and look at the entire thing at once. I don't know why I can't get myself to read it and edit it off a computer screen, but I like crossing stuff out, drawing arrows, etc., even though the next step of that process is writing out exactly what I just jotted down.
I am seriously considering giving myself a paper-free challenge for a month. Even recipes, but definitely work paper. For the most part it is actually unnecessary, but there is definitely a comfort level element to it for me.

However, I don't print out article for other people much any more, I just email or post on acebook.
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
if i need to scribble notes, i'll print it out. if it's important for me to see a big picture of something, (i want to see multiple pages at once and be able to quickly scan between them) i'll do the same thing.

When i'm writing a serious piece of music i still start my sketchwork on paper, i'll still print out the finale file to write dynamics in pencil and other sort of notes, and i do my final layout editing sweep by printing it out and combing through it with a red pen.

i'll print out one page recipes too just because i don't have to turn anything on or off techwise when my hands are all greasy or messy from food prep.

so there are times when it's still useful and practical to do the paper thing, it just depends on the circumstance. but my boss uses so much paper to print out things that he really doesn't need to print just for it to get stuffed in a file folder somewhere that he'll forget about in the first place, or print just so that he can put it on his desk as a reminder that he has to do it because he doesn't know how to or isn't disciplined enough to do that with an online solution. find something cool online, send me a link. it's not that hard.

well, i guess for the administrative assistant it *could* be hard since she can never remember the ctrl-x ctrl-v shortcuts to copy/paste anything, but that's another big story altogether.
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I was on the phone with my Dad, a 68-year-old, pretty technology savvy dude for his age, and trying to get a recommendation on a new kitchen faucet. It was really difficult to explain to him that he could email me the link to the Lowe's website where the faucet info was and I could look at that email and that website while I was standing in the store. Thankfully my sister was there to help him copy the address, open an email, paste the address and send it. It kinda baffled him, and I couldn't explain it in a way that was easy for him over the phone.

One day roles will be reversed. haha!
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
My boss will print out emails that are important for work, but there might be links that are integral to the point of the email which are imbedded with the text and he won't follow those links and print out whatever is there, so then I'll pick up the paper and go, "What was the point of this, Dave?"
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
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