However, the network printer also made it easy and convenient to print out everything! Upper and even middle management was used to the system of paper memos and making revisions on paper, instead of the annoying “tracked changes" offered by programs such as Microsoft Word. Likewise, some revisions just can’t easy be done digitally. It is easier to print something out, write “move this paragraph here," and hand it off.
For small and home offices, the price of printers has fallen to prices that frankly surprises even the manufacturers. That makes it so easy to have a desktop printer to go with every desk.
And while GPS devices are catching on, it is still way too easy to print out the directions from Map Quest or Google Maps. Bought an item from eBay, you can print out the page to save as a hardcopy receipt. Going into a meeting, well you can’t bring the desktop so everyone brings a copy of the documents.
Basically the bottom line is that we don’t think before we print. Web pages have “print" buttons and most browsers have added print functionality. In other words it is too easy to print. So think before you print, and spread the word. Add a line to your signature that says, “think before you print."
And don’t you dare print out this article!