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Babyboomers, Gen-Xers style vs. Generation Y style (phone books)

posted 8/29/2009 10:30:03 PM |
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  StraddleMyNose

As many of you know, the phone books will be arriving in the next few weeks to many of you whether it's laying out in your yard or your front porch. Has anyone noticed that many phone books such as the yellow pages aren't picked up off the sidewalks and yards like they once were? For one, there are so many yellow pages books with different phone books competing with one another it seems. Then there's Generation Y that tends to want to look up phone numbers off the internet and will just throw their phone books away. Personally, I think that's fucked up to throw a new phone book away and to soley just depend on the internet for the purpose for addresses and phone numbers. Sure, I'm somewhat of a traditionist, and this is another thing falling by the waistside because many Generation Y people only want to use their cell phones, internets, and Ipods today. I know many of these younger people watch tv shows off the internet even as well.

My question to all of you is, do you still like getting the paper phone books, or should companies phase this out over time?

This is a repost from a blog I did back in August 2008. Since then two company's (Cincinnati Bell and AT&T) has requested to the PUCO which stands for Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to stop the delivery to their customers unless the customer request one. PUCO has granted both company's their wish. I feel like they should have to deliver to all customers unless the customer request that they did want one. A couple of weeks ago many AT&T customers near Cleveland were pissed off and called the AT&T customer service numbers wanting their phone books. AT&T were caught off guard with this as they didn't expect many people wanting their phone books, so they had to add many more of their workers to work the phones during that time.

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straightup_9

Aug 29 @ 10:43PM  
Times change......personally, I believe the phone book per se, is a relic from the past. It will pass away as did the Buggy Whip and Steam Locomotive. Both of which served their purpose quite well during their time.

The Phone Book served us well for a long time, but now, it's time is done, and we must let it pass into yesteryear as we have with all such things.....
wstang69

Aug 29 @ 10:44PM  
Here its The Real Yellow Pages and The Yellow Book. The 1st delivers door to door, 2nd puts several boxes in the post office .. you pick up one if you want one.
Not sure what happens if they run out.
Ewe_Wish

Aug 29 @ 10:44PM  
I am not even sure where the phone book is in the house or if we even have one anymore.............it is quicker just to go online to find a number.............but it is easier if your not sure what exactly you are looking for to have the whole book there and scan thru it until you find what you are looking for...................
sugarnspice005

Aug 29 @ 10:46PM  
Funny how times change. Those of us called Gen-Xers were griped about doing things in excess, the big hair, tight clothes, loud music. Now, we are the ones griping about Generation Y with their texting, ipods, and internet. Myself, I like both the phone book AND the internet for finding phone numbers/addresses. Sometimes the phone book may not have what I'm looking for, and I can try looking it up on the net.

I like getting the phone books.

StraddleMyNose

Aug 29 @ 10:56PM  
Those of us called Gen-Xers were griped about doing things in excess, the big hair, tight clothes, loud music. Now, we are the ones griping about Generation Y
Yeah, no shit. Damn, we must be getting old.



lol
shewolf53

Aug 29 @ 11:00PM  
The phone book does come in handy, my grand daughter is not quite tall enough to reach the table very well. The phone book makes her the right height. Don't think I have used it for its intended purpose in years.
RevDocLove

Aug 29 @ 11:02PM  
Hard to look up a number off the internet in your car..
I rarely use either my home or cell phones except to confirm Dr's. appointments..
I've lived in a new town, to me, for 6 months and I don't know anyone's last name to call them..
Books are best for me..
Wordsofwit

Aug 29 @ 11:25PM  
I get a phone book every two weeks it seems. If I am browsing for a business, I like using the phone book sometimes, but that is rare. Usually I use the Internet. There are too damned many competing phone books IMO.
casuallylooking

Aug 30 @ 4:42AM  
I use both, depends on what I am doing or looking for.
But where I live, we get a total of 5 different phone books... that's just a little rediculous.

and will just throw their phone books away.
When it's time to get rid of old phone books, please remember to recycle instead of throwing them away.
aftershox

Aug 30 @ 8:10AM  
I am a baby boomer, and find the small print in phone books too hard to read. Phone books are only good for young people...

So between the internet, CHACHA (dial 242-242 and ask any question including dir listings) and 1-800-273-3411 (Free 411 service with ads), this old gal rarely uses a phone book.

I don't have a land line , so you can;t even find me in the phone book. Many numbers I call a cell phones, so they are not in the phone book either.
girlcountry

Aug 30 @ 8:31AM  
I like getting the phonebooks....whenever I moved someplace new, I would sit there and flip through it, to familarize myself with the town. And I can't tell you how many laughs I've had just reading some of the businesses names!! Hey! gotta get some laughs somewhere, yanno....being the new kid and all!!
alybai42

Aug 30 @ 11:51AM  
How many phone book's do we get here? Two of them? The Big Red Book is useless...I like to keep mine..Of course I always lose it in my house someone. I will put it away so I will know where it is..and someone will put it somewhere else.
I don't look up many number's online. I did for East Of Chicago Pizza because they were new in town and not in the phone book yet. I think they are now.

Some of the pizza website have coupon's to print out. I did that with East of Chicago a while back..

Have you had their pizza? I love it.
DarkKnightWalking

Aug 30 @ 12:09PM  
We recently had a storm here, knocing out the ISP for over a week. Being unable to find a phone book around here kind of made it a pain looking up numbers.

Besides, their good for killing spiders.
DesertSmile

Aug 30 @ 12:22PM  
I agree that there are too many telephone books. In my area Donnelly has just announced it will no longer publish and distribute the books due to low advertising subscriptions.

As long as the local phone company publishes a book that is all I personally think we need.
KitKat25

Aug 31 @ 2:33AM  
Myself, I like both the phone book AND the internet for finding phone numbers/addresses. Sometimes the phone book may not have what I'm looking for, and I can try looking it up on the net.

I like getting the phone books.

Ditto.

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Babyboomers, Gen-Xers style vs. Generation Y style (phone books)