What Are Some Common Items That Might Be Useless Soon?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
You may need a printer for many things now, but some experts predict that things will change a few years down the road. With more and more paperwork being done online, printing forms or documents may become a thing of the past. They probably won’t be completely obsolete for a while, but you can expect them to sharply decline.
If you were ahead of the game a while back, you may have purchased a GPS device for your car. These gadgets help you navigate unfamiliar territory and can save you if you end up lost somewhere. The problem is that GPS services are now available on many cellphones.
DVDs are the best friends of CDs. Pop them in the DVD player — or your laptop — and you can have your favorite films up and running in no time. The thing is, more and more films are available for streaming from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and more.
For years, calculators have been staples in homes and classrooms. You pull them out when you need to calculate your taxes, make a budget or do your math homework. Perhaps you've noticed, however, that instead of reaching for the calculator, you're reaching for your phone.
Plastic Credit Cards
For now, people’s wallets are full of credit cards. You should enjoy those smooth pieces of plastic while you can, though, because they won't be around forever. Apple Pay has already made a debut as a new form of payment, and it's brilliant.
The days of receiving electric and heating bills in the mail are over. Online billing has effectively taken over the system, and no one is complaining about it. Most people even arrange it so that their bills are paid automatically, and they don't have to click a button or open an envelope to do it.
In 2020, wearing a nice watch is still in style. Expensive brands like Rolex don’t seem to be hurting for sales even if cheaper brands are, but they might too further down the line. Let's face it: analog watches are downright ancient in the eyes of today's youth.
Before cell phones, you had to have some kind of alarm clock in order to function. Without it, you probably wouldn't make it to work on time. Now that virtually every single person in the United States carries a phone with them, alarm clocks are no longer in demand.
While music itself is a timeless part of human culture and society, the way people listen to music continues to change. For a relatively long time, people had to use wire headphones that plug into a music device to take their music with them, but that won't be the case in the future.
Pay phones have already become symbols of the past, shrines to a bygone era. The youngest generations may never have to use one in their entire lifetimes, and older generations may have already forgotten how to. With your own personal phone in your pocket, why would you need a pay phone?
Many people don't think about their remote controls — they're simply there, and people grab them automatically when it's time to watch some television. You may not have to grab anymore, however. Instead, you can control your TV using a smartphone or even voice commands.
Remember dictionaries? You probably had to learn how to use one in elementary school. In fact, you probably used them throughout your entire academic career, unless you belong to the younger generations. For a time, they were the only way to learn new words.
These roadside contraptions can be a bit of an eye sore — and some day, you won't have to look at them anymore. Plenty of people have already made the transition to mobile apps as a means to pay for parking.
Forgetting a password is a pain in the neck, and it happens to everyone. After a while, you probably end up using the same three passwords for all of your accounts, and this isn't the safest way to go. The good news is that in the future, you won't have to think up a password ever again.
Sometimes, it's not objects that become obsolete, but jobs. It's only natural for certain jobs to be erased with the passage of time, and new jobs always open up in other areas. Nowadays, the jobs that are disappearing include delivery workers.
Students will be happy to hear this one: Expensive, outdated textbooks are not likely to be around in the future. They're a hassle to purchase and transport from class to class, and they're really not necessary in our day and age. Textbooks are being transferred into e-books all the time.
Are you ready to get rid of paper receipts forever? Most people would respond with a resounding "Yes!" These annoying strips of paper accumulate in your wallet and aren't used by the majority of people. Eventually, they end up in the trash bin.
Travel agents will soon join delivery workers in the category of obsolete jobs. The number of active travel agents has already plummeted in recent years, and these numbers are likely to continue falling. This is because the internet has made travel planning much easier.
Along with the printer, fax machines are destined for extinction. Their downfall has probably come earlier than printers, as many already consider them to be dinosaurs of the workplace. It's simply another appliance whose function can be replaced by computerized documents.
Getting rid of extraneous wires is something of a trend these days. Headphones are nixing the wire, and chargers are not far behind. Many people can already charge their phone with wireless chargers, and the technology is only getting more advanced.