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14 household items that will become obsolete over the next 10 years

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 16 Nov 2019


The 2010s are ending very differently than they started, with new inventions popping up seemingly every day.Some items that were popular at the beginning of the decade are rarely used anymore.Over the next 10 years, more items will start to disappear from daily life, including cable boxes, physical cash, and landlines.These are 14 household items that will become obsolete over the next 10 years.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.The 2010s saw massive improvements in technology, and new inventions seemed to pop up every day.More developments will come over the next 10 years, making items you're used to seeing in your home useless. Landlines, old-fashioned alarm clocks, and single-use plastics will be replaced by modern inventions.These are the household items that will become obsolete within the next 10 years.Cable boxes won't be necessary anymore.Streaming services and devices like Apple TVs are making cable defunct.Landlines are already a rare sight, and they'll only become more of a novelty in the next decade.Most people use cellular devices today, so paying for an additional phone bill doesn't make sense.MP3 players are being completely replaced by smartphones.People play songs from their cell phones and laptops today, particularly because music is stored in the cloud rather than on a physical device.Credit cards could be replaced by digital transaction options.Digital payment platforms like Apple Pay, PayPal, and Venmo are slowly replacing card transactions.Plastic straws will begin to disappear as the world moves toward environmentally-friendly legislation.Plastic straws are on their way out because of their negative environmental impact. Metal, paper, and even pasta-based straws will replace them.Digital cameras aren't necessary given the quality photos that can be taken on today's smartphones.Again, cell phones have taken the place of this device.While more advanced photographers may keep a different camera around, amateurs will be more than satisfied with the photos they take on their phone.Traditional car keys are already starting to look dated.Many new car models are getting rid of keys, opting for sleek fobs or smartphone apps instead.DVDs and Blu-ray discs will be replaced by streaming services.Consumers head to streaming services to watch movies, and the addition of Disney+ to the mix will only make DVDs and Blu-Ray discs even less of a necessity.Wireless charging will eliminate the need for annoying cables.Although most people still use wired phone chargers today, cordless chargers are becoming more common, with a number of places offering sleek and convenient options that work with a wide range of smartphones.Paper maps can't compete with digital options.While paper maps offer up a dose of nostalgia for some, digital options are much more convenient. Apps like Google Maps and Waze give people live updates on what locations look like, traffic, and more.As the digital-first generation grows up, physical maps will continue to disappear.When it comes to headphones, cords just get in the way.AirPods, Beats, and Echo Buds are already becoming the most popular headphone option for listeners.Paper bills aren't necessary when you can make payments online.You can already pay most bills online todayeven taxes can be paid online in many stateswhich will likely lead to the extinction of paper bills.Traditional alarm clocks aren't necessary if you own smart devices.Smart devices, such as phones, the Amazon Echo, or a Google Home, can serve as an alarm clock for most people.People are already starting to move away from plastic bags.The world is moving toward sustainability, and many states are imposing single-use plastic bans, so instead, people are beginning to opt for reusable totes.Read more:30 things that might be obsolete by 202011 pieces of technology experts say could be obsolete in a few decadesThe Walkman is turning 40here are 16 other gadgets from the last 50 years that are obsolete 13 places everyone will be flocking to for retirement in the 2020s
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