How is this still a thing?
This week, I walked out my front door and found sitting on my stoop, a plastic bag containing the phone book. Yes, the phone book! Apparently, they are still in print. Do people actually use the phone book? Doesn’t everyone in the world have a smart phone that they can easily google it or better yet, ask Siri for a phone number or address?
I think maybe the phone book is still in print because of the older generation of old school people. My father, who is in his 70’s, and doesn’t own a cell phone let alone a smart phone, probably still uses the phone book. And now that we’re on the subject, if you needed to look up a number, and didn’t feel like flipping through the phone book, can you still call 411 anymore? Is 411 still a thing?
In 2016, The Huffington Post named The Yellow Pages as one of the 12 Things That Became Obsolete – along with CDs, fax machines, and calling people. Think about it. When you hear a land-line ringing, or even your cell phone ringing, instantly you think, “Who on earth is calling me?” Immediately, I deduct it must either be some crazy person or my father. And land-lines are becoming a thing of the past. Or as my father refers to it, the “conventional phone.” I’m not sure why anyone still has a “conventional phone” in their house.
So when I came out and saw the phone book on my front stairs, I was sort of shocked. They are still printing these things? And businesses are still paying to have their names put in it? But I’m assuming until the senior citizens of this decade, die off, the phone book will be sticking around.
Check out your recycling bins in your neighborhood this week, I have a feeling they will be filled with phonebooks.