'Smart' consumers rejoice. They don't have to pay for film, film processing, and prints anymore. They've been trained by media to believe this is a good thing. At first glance, it might seem that way - less cost once the initial investment was done to buy the camera. Many probably think they will 'print the good ones later', because they don't have to print them to see them anymore. So they take the inexpensive way out.
Like the article says, though, the question is whether people will miss having printed pictures or not in 20 years. It may be that the next generation thinks it's really strange to view photographs as printed matter. Time will tell.