According to Jonathan Long, a contributing writer to Entrepreneur Magazine, everything we do in business today is digital — sending mail, signing contracts, attending meetings, even networking. The business card is one thing that digital will not fully replace anytime soon.

Here is one of five reasons why the old school business card is still important — and why you should have a pocket full of them at all times. I will post more reasons in weeks to come Stand by!

  1. Swapping contact information digitally is impersonal.

Networking is about making genuine connections. Sending contact information via text or email on the spot is convenient but it is also extremely impersonal. Engaging in eye contact and actual conversation is how real relationships begin.