9 Things in Your Home That Won’t Exist in 10 Years
While some items may maintain vintage appeal, technological advances are phasing out some of these common household items.
Cable Jacks and Ports
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That old clock radio that used to blare on your bedside stand? Likely already gone. “There’s so much more flexibility with your phone,” says Sonia Chernova, Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Plus: Here are 10 things people don’t know how to do around the house anymore.
While landlines still make sense in some workplaces, with the wide use of cellphones, “the home phone is very much in danger of extinction at this point,” Chernova says. Just about 40 percent of American households still used a landline as of December 2017, according to the CDC.
Americans pay more than half their bills online, according to a 2017 survey. They’re also buying products through services like Paypal and Venmo. “Checkbooks are definitely on the decline,” says Chernova, “due to worries about security as well as practical reasons.”
Dedicated music players such as stereos are becoming more of a rarity in homes. “Everyone’s using other devices, such as cellphones with Bluetooth speakers at this point,” Chernova says. These are the best smart speakers on the market.
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The Roku and FireStick were intermediate solutions for people who didn’t have smart TVs. But the market for them is going away. “The smart TVs come with the technology built into them already,” Chernova says.
While some people still like the idea of keeping a music player separate from their phone, products such as iPods became less popular once cell phones became capable of the same functionality as MP3 players, according to Chernova.
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