Household items that could soon disappear


Kim Brooks
Babbling Brooks Column
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Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     “Reader’s Digest” is always full of fun and interesting stories and articles. One article I recently came across had me questioning their reporting…

     The headline reads: “15 Household Objects That Might Disappear in the Next 25 Years.”

     Several of these items I disagree with, but judge them for yourselves…

DVDs and Blu-Rays

     With all of the streaming services available to viewers, it appears DVDs and Blu-Rays will be a thing of the past, much like VHS tapes are obsolete today. People subscribe to streaming services to both binge TV shows and catch the latest movie releases.

     I still buy DVDs, despite many of these former TV shows and movies available on several streaming services. Granted, I don’t buy as many DVDs as I used to.

Alarm clocks

     I am not a morning person and in order to get up in time every morning, I set two alarm clocks: one on my cell phone and my actual alarm clock on my nightstand. Most people simply get by just using their phone alarm, and that’s why Reader’s Digest anticipates the demise of the standard alarm clock.

     My alarm clock also plays music, which I have going through the night.

Remote controls

     Again, I don’t think remote controls will disappear any time soon. Even if you use a streaming service or have a smart TV, you’ll need a remote to operate it. Some people can operate their smart TVs through their cell phone or tablet. Apparently I’m still stuck in the Stone Age because I prefer to use a remote control.

     Heck even my ceiling fans are operated using a remote control.

Calendars

     This might prove how out of touch with technology I am, but I still prefer to write down all of my appointments (personal and for work) in my yearly planner book. The idea of logging these in my phone’s calendar app is just not the same. Granted I take my phone with me everywhere I go versus my planner, but there are just some things I want to be able to do without technology, not matter how much simpler it is.

     And I still have a monthly calendar hanging on my wall in my office at work. I use it all the time to check dates for articles, press releases, etc.

Credit and debit cards

     While I rarely have cash on hand, I always have my debit card with me. However, mobile money apps such as PayPal and Google Pay might soon become the norm when paying for items via digital transactions. Apps like this are known to be more secure from hackers than using a credit or debit card that can become compromised when swiping it at a store.

Plastic bags and plastic water bottles

     As more people become environmentally friendly, plastic containers will become obsolete. In fact, in some states, plastic bags are already banned. Stores no longer bag your goods in plastic bags, but ask you for your own reusable grocery bags.

     I try to use my reusable bags as much as possible, to be both environmentally friendly and I simply don’t want to deal with getting rid of hundreds of plastic bags.

     With plastic water bottles, so many people use their own personal water bottle, preferring to refill it as much as possible versus buying water at the store.

Checkbooks and paper checks

     Just this weekend I was at a local restaurant that did not take credit or debit cards. So my friends and I were forced to pay for our meals with either cash or check. Good thing some of us still carry our checkbooks with us!

     Do students still learn how to balance a checkbook in school? I learned how to do just that in my economics class. (Granted, I could do better at keeping up with balancing my finances today.)

     Mobile banking is taking the place of checks these days, but I’m willing to bet people will continue to use checks for a few years to come.

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