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So we had had our annual telephone book delivered and it was sitting on the front verandah when we got home. All of us mothers would know instantly what it was. My 8 year old son looked at it and said “Mum, what’s that book sitting there?” It just goes to show how far we have come in technology. I had to then explain to him that a phone book was a hard copy of yellow and white pages online. I guess a phone book is just not a thing of this generation, but I had never really thought about it that way until that moment.


Posted by hopefullyheidi, 8th June 2014


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  • I get them too but haven’t really used one in a long time.

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  • A good way to stop wastage and unwanted books would be for them to be ordered(free).

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  • maybe you could just get one from the post office instead. i see so many that get left in the rain or spread around the place and i just think that is such a waste of money, time etc

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  • Not everyone has access to a computer and internet; phone books are still used and needed; however; it is also generational.

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  • I think it want be long before the telephone book is a thing of the past.

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  • Haha, doesnt seem like its needed much longer though, does it? It is almost like a novelty!


    • Oops mine is actually still sitting outside my front door its been there for ages I keep forgetting to pick it up and bring it inside no you do not intend to use them anymore do you

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  • It might also simply be that your son doesn’t use the phone much? My son doesn’t (yet).


    • Oh no my son is way too tech savvy sometimes for my liking – he certainly knows all about phones etc. I remember being his age and seeing my family use the telephone book and knowing exactly what it was used for.

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  • My hubby and i were actually having a discussion the other day he hates facebook with a passion he says whats wrong with email or actually picking up the telephone and calling someone at home and not using your mobile.
    He then asked me from all the people in my contacts list how many of them did i actually have a home telephone number for not a mobile.
    To my shock out of the 124 contacts i only actually had a home telephone number for 15 people the rest was mobile or facebook contacts.

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  • They should actually knock and ask if people want it still. I can understand that some people don’t have access to the internet but I am sure a lot of people like myself who just put it straight in the bin. They would save money in printing and I would save space in my bin.

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  • My nieces were in fits of laughter when their mother decided to clean out some cupboards that had been used to store stuff over the years. What caused their laughter, I hear you ask? Their mother found an old “dial” telephone, not a touch-phone, and the girls couldn’t believe that people ever used something so old-fashioned. It’s amazing what we get used to, and although I wouldn’t have a problem doing without some of our modern bits & pieces, I know I’d hate to lose my mobile phone or laptop.

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  • It is getting like that with the kids today as every now revoles around some sort of tech item. We get our phone book only if we are lucky and the one we have is already 3 years old. I can remember after My son found the atari packed away. He said wow I remember play that and than comment he can not believe he played some thing whit such poor graphics on it

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  • I fear to say that soon, children will be asking what a letter is. Stamps are getting sooo expensive and email is sooo convenient, but I do love my snail mail some times.


    • Cherz I thought I remembered something recently published about people’s handwriting going down the gurgler because of our tech minded society, which is a shame. My grandmother had to take a letter in to her local council and the lady on the desk couldn’t believe what beautiful copperplate handwriting she had and asked if she could show her colleagues. My grandma often proudly tells me this story, that happened not that long ago and always says that her hand writing isn’t as good as it used to be, but every birthday, Christmas and Easter I look forward to getting that beautifully written card :)



      • Oh that is beautiful HopefullyHeidi, love this story. x

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  • I also told him one day about how we used to learn off of blackboards and didn’t have so many computers. He seemed rather perplexed by the whole concept. I think there is more changes from my generation to my sons than there were from my mothers to mine or so it seems.

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  • Yep! Do they know what a street directory is? My little grandson is intrigued by my older mobile because it’s not a touch phone. Whaaaat?

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