Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday's paper had an interesting headline: White pages head for graveyard.
It was reported that in the past month alone, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communications Inc.'s request to quit distributing residential white pages. Telephone companies argue that most consumers now check the Internet rather than flip through pages when they want to call someone.
"Anybody who doesn't have access to some kind of online way to look things up now is probably too old to be able to read the print in the white pages anyway," joked Robert Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University.
The article continued, fewer people rely on paper directories for a variety of reasons: more people rely solely on cell phones, whose numbers typically aren't included in the listings; more listings are available online; and mobile phones and caller ID systems can store many frequently called numbers.
My community's White Pages section is less than a quarter of an inch thick, but I use it frequently. I use the Internet daily and have used it to find a number of a business in another community, but I have never looked online for a local, residential phone number. Yes, my phone has caller ID, but I don't use it as a phone book.
Call me old-fashioned, but I hope my community's White Pages do not disappear.
Would you miss the White Pages if they were no longer printed?