Things are always changing all around us. While some things seem like such normal aspects of your life, in a matter of years they might just be on this list of things that used to be in style. In fact, this particular list is going to break down the most popular things that went out of style. Everything from video rental spots to talking on the phone, the times they are a changing. Without further ado let’s get into what things made the list for the Top 10 Things That Went Out of Style.
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Here are the Top 10 Things That Went Out of Style
There is something becoming more and more common throughout the tech that is being released year after year. Whether it is the remote for your television or the console in your vehicle, buttons are becoming a thing of the past. Literally everything is being equipped with a touch screen these days, and in some cases, a no touch technology completely. This is slowly but surely making the time honored buttons that everyone used to be so accustomed to a thing of the past. The more directly that companies walk in the direction of the touch screen technology, the closer we are all coming to not seeing buttons on tech ever again.
9. Handwritten Letters
While there is something to be said about the time that someone would take to sit down and write out a genuine letter to send to someone, it just doesn’t seem to happen much these days. Everything has been quickened by instantaneous communication like texting and email. This has all but negated any reason a person might have to get out the pen and paper or waste their money on stamps. Consequently this lapse in people sending letters to one another has put a rather serious strain on outfits like the Postal Service, who are delivering fewer and fewer letters and packages as years go by. It is believed that within a few years that they will be reduced to only delivering things a few days a week in an effort to cut costs and stay making a profit in this digital age.
8. Listening To The Radio
People are designed now to have what they want when they want it. Radio is not something that typically appeals to this aspect in the slightest. With average radio stations, you are at the mercy of what a DJ wants to play in 2-3 song blocks. At the end of each of these blocks is a long group of advertisements and commercials. It is no surprise that satellite radio has taken over this niche, offering a premium approach to radio varied by a specific niche and completely devoid of advertisements and commercials.
7. Music Stores
The literal locations of shopping for music on any medium are slowly but surely becoming obsolete. People are less and less inclined to drive to one of these shops and purchased a hard copy of music, when the internet and streaming services have made it easier to just stream it or download it to a computer and various devices. This in itself lends to the instant gratification and speed of the world right now, where even something that was once a must do for people of all ages has been replaced by a 2 second transaction from your computer or phone. Visit your local music shop if you still have one, because you likely won’t for much longer.
6. CDs/Tapes/Vinyl Records
Much along the same vein as #6 on this list, the physical copies of music are just not things people put much stock and value in anymore. People are far more content with a condensed digital version of music that they can keep on their phones or mp3 players rather than lugging around that giant booklet of CDs that used to be in everyone’s backseat. This of course might never cease completely, as people do put value in CD booklets and in collections of vinyl records, but this will inevitably become something that can only be purchased through online retailers in the near future. But for most of the world, CDs, audio cassettes and vinyl records are just stepping stones towards the new digital streaming era.
5. Video Stores
The same can be said about DVDs as well, as they are being more and more replaced by digital content and streaming services. A couple of decades ago, people were constantly flooding into shops like Blockbuster Video to get their VHS rentals for the evening or the weekend. This was the way the world got to see the movies that were being released if they didn’t plan to purchase them. Now, these storefronts are empty. Cable companies are offering On Demand content to instantly rent new releases, services like Netflix are offering thousands of streaming movies and television programs for a low monthly fee, and countless other services allow instantaneous access to the latest films and television without ever having to leave the house. So video stores have gone the way of the dinosaurs in this new digital age.
4. Phone Books
Why on earth would anyone ever want to lug around that 45 lb. phone book that gets thrown on your porch every so often when a simple search engine query can get you the results quicker? People have taken to using their phones for all kinds of things, finding a phone number that they need is just the tip of the iceberg. People have entire encyclopedias of knowledge on their person at all times, and all it requires is a quick search through Google to find anything and everything that you might want to know. But in case you need to find something to do with the phonebook you have, there’s always that slightly wobbly end table that you can stabilize.
Along this same line, people aren’t really consorting atlases and state maps to navigate their routes anymore. Now they are perfectly content to use location features on their phone or in their vehicles GPS and submit an end destination. This will provide you instantaneous turn by turn directions spaced out according to your distance to the next step. Map functions on the phones provide alerts as new steps are coming up, leaving no error with your co-pilot spacing out and missing your exit. No wonder the physical maps are getting cheaper and cheaper in stores all the time, no one really needs them anymore.
There is something to be said when a handheld device like a smartphone can take better pictures than 75% of the high end digital cameras on the market right now. More than ever, people have gotten rid of their separate cameras and committed to taking all the photos and videos directly from the high end cameras imbedded in their cell phones instead. This allows for carrying fewer things, and it is inside of something most people simply aren’t going to be without anyway. Since you are already using this device to get you where you are going, and to give you any quick information that you might need on the go, why not also just make it your photo reel as well?
1. The Use of Cash
Fewer and fewer people are finding reasons to carry cash on them as the world steadily progresses towards a paperless existence. With the exception of some mom and pop locations that are not getting with the times, nearly all transactions can be done with cards or with the touch of a smartphone to a hub at retailers around the world. This is something meant to speed up the transactions and make them more convenient for both the shopper and the retailer alike. While the use of cash might not ever completely go out of style, it is certainly something that the better part of the country simply isn’t doing as often as using a card with a digitized amount of money they have in their respective bank account.
These are a few of the things that have gone out of style, or that will soon be going out of style as the world gets more and more technologically advanced. While you might not mourn the loss of music stores and video rental spots, it is a significant change in the way that people are living their lives. Information that used to only be found in certain areas is now available at anyone’s fingertips at any hour of the day. The only question now is: what common things now will be obsolete going into the next decade?