20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade

I came across an interesting article on The Huffington Post today. They note that, “Since 2000, we’ve gained iPods and iPads, Travelocity and Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, BlackBerry smartphones and Android devices, Xboxes and Wiis, among many other new services, sites, and electronics. We’re now poking, tweeting, Googling, and Skyping.”technology

Just as new things become popular and mainstream, some things eventually fade as society and technology changes. Here are 20 things that are now considered obsolete. See the full story for their explanation and to vote for your favorite ‘obsolete’ item.

  • VCRs And VHS Tapes
  • Travel Agents
  • The Separation Between Work Life And Personal Life
  • Forgetting
  • Bookstores
  • Watches
  • Phone Sex Via 1-900 Numbers
  • Maps
  • Calling
  • Classifieds In Newspapers
  • Dial-Up Internet
  • Encyclopedias
  • CDs
  • Landline Phones
  • Film (And Film Cameras)
  • Yellow Pages And Address Books
  • Catalogs
  • Fax Machines
  • Wires
  • Hand-Written Letters

I can think of a few more like: newspapers, phone books and non-computerized car keys that cost less than $5 each. Can you think of a few? Do you agree with the list above? How is social media pushing these changes to happen more quickly?

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