With the fast-moving pace of our society, it feels like things are constantly coming obsolete. Cable TV, Malls, and even your local Weather forecaster are seemingly unable to keep up with the blistering speed that our society evolves.
Here, Reddit users share 20 things that are quickly becoming obsolete, for better or for worse.
It's not happening quickly, but it's happening. A few years ago I would've freaked out if my parents were to get rid of our cable. Now I'd rather they did.
I don't want music on my phone, nor do I want all of my tech devices connecting to each other and everything else all the time. I want to plug my iPod in on cord or in a dock and use the scroll wheel to select a song. Simple!
Though I think they've been pretty obsolete for a long while now. With online ordering and ability to read reviews, there's virtually no point in driving out to a mall to buy stuff. I suppose things like clothes should be bought in person, but with most online stores they have sizing charts complete with measurements so there's not a whole lot of error when ordering.
We have the weather on our phones available 24 hours a day, we don't need to tune into the news to see if it's going to rain.
Going the way of the cassette tape. I work for Rent-A-Car and almost every car I rent that is 2016 or newer has NO CD Player. I don't even think about it unless I have a request for one, and then we have to scramble to find one with a CD Player.
They are handy for emergencies or office use I guess, but other than that I can't think of a reason I'd ever want a landline.
One of the largest work forces in the world is about to become obsolete with the refinement of self-driving cars. Although I've read they may not be behind the wheel but they may be able to find work in a different capacity.
In my day to day life I rarely use it anymore. Not sure if it's ever going to completely disappear, but I'm stumped when I come across 'cash only' places now.
Say goodbye to the dude that shows up at your house with a backpack and a handful of conspiracy theories. You'll just be able to buy at a store.
I still get one at my doorstep every year... please stop. It's 3000 pages of junk mail ads.
They're like 15 years old. The only reason we don't upgrade is because anything more advanced would make math too easy... and it's not like they'll carry a calculator wherever they go... except they do in their phones.
They're phasing them out in the NYC Metro area. You'll either have an EZ-Pass or they'll mail you a bill based on your license plate registration.
They've been dying for a long time. I think China going towards more green energy will be the final nail in the coffin.
Then maybe our politicians will have to say something other than "I'm a friend of coal" to get elected.
They were everywhere, now each one is removed or broken. They've effectively been replaced by Wi-Fi hot spots.
I'm getting closer to 30 and I honestly expect to work for the rest of my life. Living is dang expensive.
I know people still get together for food. I know they chat and have fun. I know one person still invites others to these events.
What I am seeing almost nobody doing anymore (except me) is to host a nice dinner party using fine china, cloth napkins in a ring, silverware, breaking out the punch bowl, after dinner tea and coffee in tea and coffee pots, and cooking a full meal from scratch. People bring their families and wear nice clothes and have fun eating and sharing stories with others.
It isn't something I can do every week or even every month, but a few times a year I have a nice dinner party for the friends I have that can make it.
Of course, as indicated by my name... I have a fondness for vintage dishes and hosting parties comes along with that.
I find that my phone replacement cycles are getting longer as each new version adds less and less that's different.
Going on 3+ years with my current phone. The only real issue is that it's taken a beating over the years, and thus has a few physical issues (single crack in the screen, chipped back case which ruins the waterproofing, etc.)
Maybe I'll update when the newer generation releases, but I might try to stretch to 4 years instead.c
They finally closed the Kmart that was a few blocks from the house I grew up in. I had so many memories of going there to get pizza and look at toys from when I was a kid. :(
Automation is here. It's being implemented... a few months ago I walked in to a jack in the box. I had the choice to order from the cashier or a machine. I got a free shake if I ordered from the machine. Never have I felt so guilty. But a free shake is a free shake.
It once used to be the rave with the young people and teenagers, now teens use instagram and the old people have taken over the FB.
For a 25yo like me, FB is literally a platform to see that my old relatives still breathe.