Call me old-fashioned but I can’t sit and read stuff on my screen. Well, not academic stuff anyway. I like to have that article in my hand, in paper form, to flick through and scribble on. I am sitting here surrounded by paper at the moment, my phone is somewhere under it all and possibly the dog as well, it’s that much of a muddle, but it suits me. I can sit here with my lap top in front of me, rummage around and read a paper, type something relevant and not have to keep switching screens or anything.
It costs a fortune in printer ink and paper and, yes, I know it isn’t environmentally friendly but I promise to take it all to the recycling place when I’ve finished. It is just so much nicer.
I’m not a technophobe, far from it. I certainly wouldn’t want to go back to the old days of having to HAND WRITE a dissertation! Shudder!!! It’s so simple now, a quick type, a spell check, a cut and paste and the track changes option (although I have to admit I find that a bit untidy). And you can’t beat having the whole world at your finger tips to do your research.
So, the pros of modern technology are how fast it is to write up something HUGE and how easy it is to do research.
The cons are that my new router seems to be having an off day so I cannot connect to the internet for much of the time at the moment.
The pros of the old-fashioned paper method are you don’t have to rely on your router working and it’s nice to have lots of lovely paper all round you (or is that just me with the paper fetish?)
The cons of the old-fashioned method are that you have to tidy it all away when it’s dinner time