We already know that paper checks, fax machines, dial-up internet service have already become obsolete, but what about some of these every day items? Think about it... Can you name something you no longer need?
|Rolodex replaced by technology.|
Remember The Rolodex?
Some of you younger folks may be asking yourselves, "What is a Rolodex?" or maybe, "What is a Rolodex used for?" That saddens me. When I first began my career, a Rolodex was key. This office supply was a status symbol now replaced by LinkedIn.
The Rolodex is/was a rotating filing system that stored one's contacts. We would keep business cards stapled to each small index-type card or neatly jot down a person's contact info and file it under a fitting initial. Today with email contact lists and cell phones, there truly is no need for the bulky plastic Rolodex. Now on that rare occasion that I see a Rolodex cluttering up someone's desk, I giggle.
|Bar Soap vs. Shower and Body Gels|
Shower Gel & Body Wash vs Bar Soap? No Need For The Soap Dish
While showering today, I realized that we're using bar soap
and a soap dish
. I wondered if most others are using body wash or shower gel. If so, this means they no longer require a soap dish
thus leading to a possible extinction of soap dishes. A quick Google search led me to an article in the Portland Tribute
which said 83% of men still prefer bar soap. This article is almost three years old so I'm not sure how shower gel and body wash rank today. What are you using?
|Remember disposable ashtrays?|
Disposable Ash Trays
It's difficult to imagine a time when smoking was permitted in restaurants and bars. When I lived in Manhattan, New York City passed the smoking ban in 2003, with New Jersey following three years later --banning smoking in bars, clubs and restaurants in 2006. I recall reading many articles about the ban, however one stood out most in my mind.
The reporter behind the article, spoke to a company that distributes and sells disposable style ashtrays. The business owner talked about how he was dealing with dozens of cancelled orders and feared the smoking ban would eventually put him out of business.
Although I agreed with the ban, my heart sank for this business owner. Imagine producing an item no longer needed? It happens every day and it takes creativity and passion to reinvent oneself. Sure, folks could purchase disposable ashtrays for backyard parties and outdoor weddings and events, but the demand for these tin ashtrays would never be the same.
|CD, DVD and bookshelves |
will become obsolete!
Book Shelves, CD & DVD Racks & Stands Become Extinct
With today's Kindle and Nook book technology replacing the old fashioned bound book, will there still be a need for actual book shelves
? As we continue to fade out CDs
and download our iTunes and digital music, what will we need with CD stands
? With the growing increase in DVR
(more than 40% of Americans subscribe!), Hulu
and streaming Netflix
(20+ million Netflix subscribers!) popularity, who needs a DVD stand
? This standard piece of living room and den furniture will surely fade away as did the old time record player cabinets of my youth.
|GPS is already becoming obsolete.|
Remember Maps? Remember GPS?
When we were kids our folks paid a visit to AAA before any road trip. They'd map out our drive and provide us with colorful maps and paper info. Today, who needs a map when you have a GPS? Better yet, who needs to purchase a Garmin or navigation system when you have navigation already on your cell phone? Not to mention, so many people break into your vehicles to steal your GPS and you have to constantly update the software - it's such a waste. My DROID does it all!
|No need for an alarm clock or a wrist watch.|
Remember Land Line Phones, Watches & Alarm Clocks?
Speaking of mobile phones - there's a good chance you no longer even have a land line. Though it could be wise to have an old-school dial corded phone hooked up through the phone company in case of a natural disaster. I don't have one, but when I lived in the city, this sure came in handy during 9/11 and the black out. Voice over IP or VoIP went down, but the old school AT&T phone line service was uninterrupted allowing me to connect with family and friends.
My cell phone has replaced my need for wrist watches. I haven't worn a watch in years, a quick check of my mobile phone is all I need. Several months ago my mom said she needed an alarm clock. What's that I thought? My phone is my alarm clock and I even have a docking station to resemble an alarm clock!
Nothing I've said in this post should come as news breaking or surprising, just simple observations ... As a lover of all things retro, I am not saying these tech items are awesome replacements, just that these particular items have been replaced, thus changing our personal work and home landscape. I'm sure I've missed a ton of obsolete household items and things we no longer need. Can you help name some in a comment below?