Study: PC data storage beats paper storage

Sept. 1, 2004 at 1:41 PM

SEATTLE, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Researchers in Washington state have found that data stored on paper is more likely to be misplaced than data stored on computers.

The study by the University of Washington's Information School found that more than half of survey participants admitted losing track of a paper document at least once a week -- more than twice the number of people who reported losing electronic information, a spokesman said Wednesday.

As a result, while more than 60 percent reported being satisfied with their ability to handle computerized records such as e-mails, electronic documents and Web bookmarks, only 31 percent were satisfied with their ability to organize their papers.

"People report more problems with paper than with other forms of information," said William Jones, an associate research professor. "This suggests that many will be happy to see a more complete transition to electronic storage."

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