Soon your grandchildren will ask: What did a phone book look like?

By
Real Estate Agent with House Sale Advisors

So, how long has it been since you actually used a phone book to look up a number?  You can bet that your answer today is far different than it would have been just 10 years ago. 

Phone books are going the way of the kerosene lamp, the typewriter, the phone booth, the carburetor, and the headlight dimmer switch on the floor. (Incidentally, I really miss that dimmer switch on the floor.)   In this mobile age, things are changing so fast that things that we all took for granted just a few short years ago are no longer even around. 

 People in the know say that the internet has pretty much reached its full potential and is starting to level off.  Our new tool for the future will of course be the smart phones and the use of QR (Quick Response) codes.  Even here in super conservative Lancaster County Pennsylvania, people are catching up.  Except for the Amish---but that's another story.                

 So how are YOU preparing to keep up with the times?

 

photo credited to Daniel St.Pierre/freedigital photos.net

photo credited to Daniel St.Pierre/freedigital photos.net

Comments (10)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It really is shocking to see how far we've come and what is NOW OUTDATED !!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 05, 2011 06:37 AM
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

Yes...I wonder what's the next familiar thing that will go the way of the aardvark?!

Still...look at the great new ways of doing things that have come our way, and how they have changed us. Look at how the internet and mobile devices have changed how people communicate, how we get news...and how we make news!

Feb 05, 2011 06:44 AM
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Amusing as it may be, my husband still uses the phonebook. When they arrive at the house I usually throw them in a corner somewhere out of the way, after all we all look up numbers online. Sure enough a week or so will pass and there will be a phonebook left out on the dining room table. His excuse is he needed the number and the book is faster than the computer. Really? 

Feb 05, 2011 07:53 AM
Amanda Davenport - Champion Mortgage
Champion Mortgage - Jackson, TN

You are so right Mark, I have 2 boys and we all 3 use laptops, smartphones, and I-pods. Don't even have paper bills and statements coming to the house. Everything is done online and if you don't know the answer there is a simple solution... google it. My son actually asked me why they made phonebooks. When we were in the pool with several friends and their families, someone mentioned a record. Heads popped up and the boys wanted to know what that was. Hmmm... well boys, back in the day.... But I do love technology, it's like having the world at your fingertips, 24/7, along with old school friends.

Feb 05, 2011 08:55 AM
Mark Lipka
House Sale Advisors - Lancaster, PA

The world has changed more in the last 100 years than in the entire spam of human civilization. Imagine: less than 100 years ago, no one had indoor plumbing. (yuch) My point is that it will continue to change at an increasing rate. Change or be left behind.

Feb 05, 2011 09:24 AM
Mark Lipka
House Sale Advisors - Lancaster, PA

@Suesan: once your husband gets a smart-phone, there won' be any CONTEST regarding which one is quicker. (Unless he's a complete ludite and has sworn an oath agaist technological advancements, he'll have one soon.)

@Beth: I believe aardvarks are still thriving. Is there something we should know about them that's not being reported?

Feb 05, 2011 09:33 AM
Michele Myers
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor

I agree . . .they really have no use and are outdated one minute after they are printed!  Some say they are good research books . . . and I say throw them out!  We have come so far!

Feb 22, 2011 02:21 AM
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

I still use and collect phone books from areas that I frequent.  I don't use them as often as I previously did but they give you a tremendous reference as to what the demographics in an area are and an instant look at the businesses.  Call me old fashioned.....oh by the way, I do utilize extensively my Droid (or what my Amish friends call my pocket phone).

Feb 23, 2011 02:50 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Actually I asked my assistant to look up a number and she couldn't find it online . . . I grabbed a phone book and found it.  They do still work.  :)

Aug 31, 2011 03:16 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Go in and EDIT this Blog post . Eliminate one of the Geographical groups you originally chose and send it to REAL ESTATE SALES Group.(ie.PA Professionals). I need it to make a point in the RE Sales Group. 

Nov 06, 2011 12:20 PM