Are Personal Checks and Checkbooks Really Necessary Anymore?
The technological age has generated many people who have no interest in using personal checks or a checkbook. As a result, some people are wondering if personal checks are a thing of the past. With online banking and many payments being done electronically, one might ask what the point of a personal check might be.
When a person uses his or her debit card, they don't have to write the transaction in a log because it will be posted immediately to their bank account.
Because of this, it's much less burdensome to manage debit card transactions than it is to manage writing dozens of personal checks every month. Even though many are moving towards eliminating personal checks, they are not dead quite yet.
One of the reasons checks haven't been eliminated as fast as some people would like is because of the fact that people like having a paper trail of all their financial transactions.
With identity theft being a serious problem, some people trust the use of a paper check much more than the virtual world of online banking and debit transactions. Not only is a check personalized with key information about the individual using it, a check also has to have the signature of the person who owns it. Without it, it isn't valid.
If you consider that debit cards can be used as credit cards and not require a pin or signature, it's much easier to get away with stealing money using someone's debit card.
These problems are key reasons that people prefer to use checks for many purchases.
There are a lot of people who are in the middle when it comes to using checks or their debit card.
Some people will use their debit card for small transactions throughout the day and use checks for larger payments and monthly bills.
This approach has worked well for most people, and it allows them to have the physical proof of a check when a company doesn't record a payment that has been made.
If your bank claims you didn't make your car payment, you can bring in the processed check to prove you did.
Although personal checks and the checkbook will ultimately be eliminated at some point, people will continue to use checks until electronic fraud is less of a problem.
Technological advancements are being used to help banks prevent fraud, and many hope that all financial transactions will be safe at some point in the future.
If you hate using personal checks, then there is hope that you won't have to in the next few years.
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