I recall that when the computer first entered my work life, I was told that it would be the end of paper. I am still waiting for that to manifest. All I see is more paper than ever. People of all ages are still drowning in paper.
I do have one client who has managed to limit the paper, using computers, smart phones, scanners and whatever else, she manages to be a successful Realtor without accumulating too much personal paper. And that is the caveat, while she keeps her paper to a minimum, still in the world of Real Estate there is a TON of paper required. The secret is to get the paper into someone else's hands and not keep it in yours.
Recently, when I met with a networking specialist, she advised that paper is now a generational thing. Anyone over 45 still expects paper to be mailed or faxed and still prints out copies of almost everything. Anyone over 60 still responds to snail mail, hence all the election junk mail. Anyone under 30 doesn't want anything to do with paper. As I am somewhere in the middle of this, I expect both. Though I was surprised when I bought my new printer/scanner/copier/fax, the Office Depot sales associate couldn't figure out why I wanted the fax included. "Who faxes anything anymore?" "It's for my mother." I answered sheepishly...
I found a great article on this subject by CNN correspondent, Thom Patterson, Is the paperless office here at last?