If we HAD to live without paper in today's day and age, we probably could. We'd definitely be forced to use today's technologies to communicate with people…like it or not.
But if you're curious, try doing a Google search, using the keywords "Paperless Society" and see just how much is 'out there' in regards to whether people think paper is becoming obsolete. I was shocked to find that NO WHERE are people earmarking or designating a National Day of Going Paperless. We do it for everything else.
I've always thought that paper would ultimately become a thing of the past; of course this always and only after feeling the effects of guilt once the Xerox machine is filled with ream after ream of paper. But on a more personal note, what will probably become more of a "thing of the past" if paper were to be no more, is neat handwriting.
Ever since I've been using the computer to write, my handwriting has taken a nose dive. It was always pretty bad. But now it's getting worse (and NO it's NOT old age). I'm sure educators are also noticing a spiral downward when it comes to the good old fashioned "neat handwriting" requirement for students.
Is it just me? Or, have we've thrown out the lost art of handwriting?