What Are Some Common Items That Might Be Useless Soon?

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With advancements in science and technology, humans are inventing new gadgets every day. The old ways of doing things are constantly being improved upon, and that means some household objects get left behind. Remember walkmans?

Well, the following things are the walkmans of the future—but don't be too sad about it. Newer (and cooler) inventions are coming to take their place. So take a peek into what daily life in the future will look like.


How many times have you left home only to realize you forgot your keys inside? Luckily, pesky keychains are soon to be a thing of the past with the popularity of key cards, push-start cars and even cellphone apps that unlock doors.

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It may mean you can no longer personalize your keys with cute designs, but that's a small sacrifice to make considering you'll never have to worry about getting locked out of your car again. According to BMW, they might soon replace their keys entirely with mobile cell phone apps.


This is another item that some people like to personalize with unique images or cartoons but that might soon be unnecessary. As of now, checkbooks are already used less than they were in the past, with many only using them to pay their rent.

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As virtually everything is becoming computerized these days, soon everyone will be paying their rent electronically. After all, who wants to go through all that effort of writing out a check? We'll soon be saving time and money when checkbooks become a thing of the past.

Print Magazines

Everyone saw it coming. They're still displayed in grocery lines at the supermarket and on waiting room tables, but that's about it. Print magazines are wasteful and increasingly ignored by the general public. Why, might you ask? Because people are so used to reading everything online.

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The good news is that magazines don't have to close up shop entirely; they just have to adapt to the electronic world. Online articles, photo sessions and blog posts are what most people are likely to see nowadays. Bye-bye glossy magazine pages, hello user-friendly websites!


Similar to magazines, newspapers are getting a kick in the rear as society moves into the future. Most people don't care for the over-sized black and white pages anymore and won't even bother picking one up in the break room — but it's not because they don't care about the news.

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Instead, people are turning to the internet for their news-related needs. Podcasts, videos and websites are only gaining in popularity as newspapers are rapidly falling to the wayside. At this point, it's adapt or prepare to perish for the newspaper companies.


Depending on what generation you belong to, you may think that CDs are already a thing of the past. Most young people in 2020 get their music from mobile apps like Spotify and Pandora, or they look songs up on YouTube.

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This is by no means a perfect system — these applications don't carry every song ever made, after all — but it's quicker and easier than heading to the music shop and purchasing an entire album. On top of that, it's cheaper, and if there's anything people love, it's saving money.

Digital Camera

Photographers might be appalled to hear this, but digital cameras simply aren't as popular as they used to be. What your grandma needed a wallet-sized camera to do in the past, kids nowadays can do with a press of the button on their cellphones

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Because of this, the only people buying digital cameras will be professional photographers—and they'll be buying only the highest-quality. For now, there are still some things a cellphone simply can't do, but the gap will only get smaller and smaller as technologies improve.

Hard Drives

Having a physical hard drive where you store your information will soon be a thing of the past. The future is all about the "cloud," the process of storing data digitally on remote servers, and this technology will only improve with time. Sure, there have been concerns about cloud privacy, but it will eventually beat out the inconvenience of storing hard drives.

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This is evidenced by the expansion of the job field related to cloud technology. "Cloud architects," as they're called, are some of the highest-paid people, and it's for a reason. The bounds they're making in progress are unprecedented.


Ah, the landline. When it rang in the past, you had no idea who was on the other end—this was before caller ID, of course. There was thrill, mystery and a good amount of clunkiness, but landline phones experienced a steep decline when the cellphone made its way to the public.

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This decline will only worsen with time. While they are still sold today, it won't be for long. Cell Phones have obliterated the need for these devices, and many young people don't even consider purchasing them.


There is no doubt that maps are essential items. Maps tell people where they are and how to get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time. They have revolutionized travel, and mapmaking has been perfected into an art.

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That said, they are most definitely becoming obsolete — the paper version, that is. No one wants to rummage through their glove compartment and unfold an immense, confusing map when they can simply boot up their phone and click on an app. They are still essential, just not in paper form.