We recently moved my mom into a Long Term Care facility and we’ve been spending a lot of time cleaning out the house so we can put it on the market. I can’t believe how much STUFF she had socked away in the closets, basement, and attic. Knick-Knacks, old toys from when I was a kid, mason jars full of buttons, maps of places they had never been to, and hundreds and hundreds of books.
The other day we spent some time bagging up trash and while I was going through some stuff in the corner of the basement I found 3 years worth of telephone books (you know those big white pages/yellow pages they leave at your door every year). The funny thing is they were never even used…the books were still in their original plastic wrapping!
That got me to thinking about how wasteful it is to print all those telephone books and deliver them to people who probably never even use them. Times have changed and if you ask me the telephone book has outlived it’s usefulness.
What do you think? If you need to find a business or look up a telephone number, do you pull out the old telephone book and start flipping through pages? Or do you hop on the internet and have the info you need in a jiffy? The phone book just can’t compete with the speed and efficiency of the internet (and that doesn’t even include the advantages to the environment).
Plus, the telephone book is limited to only your immediate area. That’s all well and good if you’re looking for a local business, but what if I want to find a certified financial planner in Los Angeles, or a home inspector in Kalamazoo, or a home security system in Canada? The telephone book would be absolutely useless, but the Google could give you an answer in about 5 seconds flat.
What do you think? Has the time come for the telephone book to go the way of the dinosaurs?