Phone Books

I’m taking a poll.

Does anyone use the phone book anymore? I came home from errands today and there were two at my doorstep. I was momentarily excited to find out that they were the “real” ones (I didn’t know they had fake ones floating around out there, too) but I get one or two or sometimes three of these books at random times throughout the year and I haven’t used one since the mid-nineties.

Does anybody use these?

I took a picture of these books right after I unwrapped them from the plastic and right before I put them in the recycling bin. I used to save them out of guilt. I mean, it probably took some guy lot of time to research all the names and numbers on the internet and type them up in neat little rows.

After I moved a pile of 10 books from the cabinet in the kitchen to another cabinet in the family room – I decided that they had to go. I think one of them was from 1991.

So – Am I the only one who thinks that the whole phone book business is just contributing to the demise of our environment….or do they actually serve a purpose? Please share your thoughts!



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    Pamela says:

    I admit that I have used them recently, but it was only when our internet was down for a day and I needed to look up a phone #. I also like the fake ones vs. the real ones because the area is smaller. When I want a phone # or address, it is normally for something local not something by the ship channel. In the three years we've been in this house, I'd say I've probaly used the phone book twice, so I agree it is a waste, but sometimes trash is just what you need.

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    Jessica Johns Pool says:

    We used to keep a few phone books because our pull-down attic stairs were too short to reach the floor. The phone books were the perfect height to fill the space between the bottom of the stairs and the floor. Got the attic stairs replaced a couple of weeks ago, so your post reminds me to go searching for those old phone books and recycling 'em.

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    Tanya says:

    I'm going to let mine rot on the front porch as a lesson to all the other phone books that think they can make their way into my home and clutter up my house!

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