The past century has brought about several new devices and gadgets.
With the advancement in technology, we have said, or are preparing to say, goodbye to some items that were once staples in many of our lives. Here is a list of ten everyday items that are being replaced by modern technology:
1. Paper. The introduction of the cell phone led to the smartphone. These devices, combined with the tablet and maybe an e-reader keeps users connected to the world at their fingertips. With the available technology and ability to get information through multiple online resources, as well as the majority of communication now occurring online, we are beginning to see the demise of paper. Newspapers and magazines are finding it hard to stay afloat in this digital age. News stories from across the world are available within seconds with a simple click. The introduction of the Internet and social media provides plenty of resources to take over ads from newspapers. And a simple Google Search will deliver accurate information much quicker than a phone book or encyclopedia.
2. Floppy Disks. Considered advancement in technology, these discs were housed in a hard plastic case to protect against being inadvertently folded. It was protected from dust by a sliding metal plate. And, best of all, the disk was designed to fit snuggly into the pocket of a men’s sport shirt. Advancing technology lead to rewritable CDs, sleek hard drives and miniscule thumb drives leading to the demise of the bulky floppy disc. Now, these devices are fading as we enter the “cloud” era and utilize services such as iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive to store our data.
3. Maps. When it’s time to hit the road, drivers are more likely to let a computer or GPS unit plot their journey than to pull out a paper road map. GPS technology gives us a sense of security and eliminates the need to learn cartography. Taking over for the paper maps, standalone GPS devices fared pretty well. However, smartphones have gained dominance with Apps such as Google Maps. The iPhone has turn-by-turn directions and so does Android, thus eliminating the need to even buy a standalone GPS system.
4. E-mail accounts you have to purchase. You can be picky when it comes to choosing a free email service. With email services such as Gmail offering plenty of storage, effective spam filtering, and fast and productive interfaces, there is no need to spend the extra cash for an email address.
5. Landlines. It is estimated that 25 percent of households in America rely entirely on cell phones and are abandoning landlines at a rate of 700,000 customers per month. That share that could double within the next three years. This will leave the remaining copper wire telephone infrastructure unsustainable. It is inevitable that landlines will join payphones in the technology graveyard in the near future. Wireless use in the United States is currently at 102.2 percent. The majority of the population is using the device as their primary source to connect. Many of the major telecom companies are even pushing for the end, as it appears that copper wires have become too expensive to replace.