Analogue versus digital

With lead in your shoes you approach your economics teacher. You have forgotten your booklets for the umpteenth time and this time you will again have to write a hefty portion of criminal work for it; by hand of course. "Sir, I forgot my book." Oh, it doesn't matter, as long as you have your laptop with you. " Even before you get the time to look dazed and ask for an explanation, the teacher is happily rattling on again. so write it down on your phone. And before I forget, take your USB with you in the next lesson: you'll get a new book. " Digitization has been a much-discussed topic lately, the practical implementation of which is increasingly entering our society. Many companies, institutions, schools and libraries have largely switched over to the digitization of materials in recent years. Yet there are also a lot of organizations that do not or do not yet participate in the digital world. For them, the advantages apparently do not outweigh the disadvantages. But what exactly are the pros and cons of working digitally? This article, digitally produced and published in analogue form, will take a brief look at the battle between the computer and the pen + the paper.

Digitization in general

Digitization refers to the changes that are taking place as a result of the influence of information and communication technology. With digitization, sources are converted into files that can be processed by the computer. In this way it becomes possible to consult a lot of data online. Analogue work is increasingly emphasized as 'old-fashioned' work that is characterized by whole piles of out-of-date paper 'that has now had its day.' So all your (magazines) magazines, literature books, booklets and awarded assignments belong to this old-fashioned method.

Advantages of digitization

Digitization has a number of advantages, including the point that it saves space, time and paper. All documents are neatly placed on the computer and there are no longer bulging cupboards. Documents do not have to be dug up in the bottom box on the top shelf of the cabinet, but can be easily consulted online and reducing paper consumption is beneficial to the environment. The above three points lead to a fourth advantage: digitizing documents is cost-saving and, especially in times of crisis, that is a crucial point. A fifth and final advantage of digitization is that the documents can reach a larger audience and are available 24 hours a day. In concrete terms, this means that you will never again be bothered by rare books that are lent out just in front of you or by assignments and notebooks that happen to have remained on the second floor room.

Disadvantages of digitization

But do not forget that every advantage also has its disadvantage. Digitization can be described as cost-saving and environmentally friendly in some respects, but a different view of this development does not disregard that data. Because what do you think of all the equipment, such as telephones, computers, scanners and Ipads, that have to be purchased to consult the digital reading? Moreover, the energy consumption costs of all these devices, extra servers and cooling installations are also not small! And environmental friendly? Well, that's not too bad. A prediction by IDC (International Data Corporation) about digitization worldwide indicates all the electronic waste, which can only be recycled for 12%, which involves the switch from analogue to digital. The United Nations estimates that 20 to 50 million tons of equipment are dumped every year, making electronic waste materials the fastest growing type of waste. Is that a positive image of the future?

Analogue versus digital

The biggest advantage of digitization is the flexibility that it brings: data is available anytime, anywhere. On the other hand, the purchase of equipment is very expensive and this equipment generates a lot of non-recyclable waste. And whether you join the team of computer nerds or those of those who still value pen and paper, you have to know for yourself. The future will learn who will win the battle and with that what the filling of your school bag will be! Are you taking your USB with you next lesson?

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