We had three phonebooks delivered this week. Coleman brought the bag in from the front porch and asked, "What's this?"
Coleman: "What are they for?"
Me: "You look up phone numbers in them."
Me: "For when you need to call someone and you don't know their number. You can look it up."
Coleman: "In a BOOK? Weird."
The child did not know what a phonebook was. He was fascinated. He asked if our number was in it and I showed him how to look it up. (It wasn't; It was a business white pages.) And I realized, I have never, not ONCE, used a phonebook in the almost three years that we've lived in this house. (Does anyone, really?) I threw the last phonebooks we received in the recycling bin about 3 months ago and no one even knew they were gone.
According to Earth911, over 540 million phonebooks are delivered each year and if placed end to end they would circle the earth over 4 times! BUT! Apparently, you can cancel your subscription. Call the number in the front of the directory and asked to be removed from their circulation list. I'm going to try it and see if it works.