July 19 to 25, 2015 has been designated “My Social Security Week”. This is the week Social Security is trying to encourage everyone to enroll on their website for an account. According to Social Security, you can use your account to track your earnings, manage your benefits, and get an estimate of your future benefits. If you know how to use a computer and have one in your home, then you should consider signing up for an account. You should not create an account on a public computer as your personal information may not stay private.
Personally, I believe that this is a way to make the system automated and to reduce and/or eliminate the personal connection you can have when you go to your local Social Security office. If you can download and complete forms requesting replacement cards, print a letter with proof of your benefits, and change your personal information; you may not go to your local office to request this information and make changes to your account. One of the best things about the Social Security Administration has been the fact that you can talk to a person. Now, this is being discouraged.
Is it a good idea to create an account and eliminate the personal contact at the local Social Security office?
What do you think?