Sunday, February 24, 2013

Phone books deserve to die

Who still uses phone books? Seriously.
Maybe older people still like the yellow pages and the white pages. But anyone younger than 50 has no use for them. When most people need the phone number of a business or person, they go online and search for it.
And yet new phone books keep getting printed year after year. Apparently there’s still advertising money to be made from those living fossils.
I’ve written about the pointlessness of phone books twice before, in 2009 and 2011. I guess every two years it really bugs me that they still exist.
It’s only a matter of time before phone books stop being printed. The sooner the better for the environment.
You can request that directory companies stop sending you phone books at the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site.

Related reading: 

Remember phone books? (Spine Out; Oct. 11, 2010)

Old Telephone Books: Possibly the world’s largest online collection of phone books.

Photos: Pile of phone books by Mental Floss; creative use of phone books from

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