Denise, I think you've touched something very critical.
I use a dictionary because my teachers showed me the value of referring to a dictionary. Therefore I do have a bias in favor of using a regular paperback or hardbound dictionary. And i believe it's a very good thing.
Unfortunately, the dictionary is seen as irrelevant in the days of chatting and messaging, where anything goes. I find that many people do not even use the spell check facility that is available on the click of a mouse. Now I am not talking about the hubbers. (I have to survive here - LOL). This is a very general statement about the population at large.
I strongly feel that we need to resurrect the good old dictionary. And it will have to be the teachers and parents who can set examples and inspire youngsters to take to it.