I have a phone book in my office that sits on my desk underneath my phone, and with the exception of today, is extremely rarely used. When I need a number, I look it up online. When I need a business name, I look it up online. It’s not just a matter of convenience, but I find it so much faster to find what I’m actually looking for online. So while flipping through the newspaper-like pages that turn your fingers colors today, I had a thought – are phone books completely obsolete and no longer needed nowadays?
My family dropped our house phone number a year or so ago, and I imagine that many households have done the same since they are really unneeded with nearly everyone having their own cell phone. Our local phone book actually looks thinner than I remember it being, which could be an indication that I’m right.
So assuming that everyone’s habits are similiar to mine, maybe it’s time to retire the phone book after a long healthy life of 131 years?
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