The last 100 years have brought about a slew of new devices and gadgets.
That means we’ve also said goodbye to some items that were once staples in many people’s lives.
Let’s take a look at some of the items that have gone obsolete in the last century.
Want to find out the locations of the closest 50 Starbucks in a 4-block radius?
Forget wasting time talking to an all-knowing automated voice, and thank your lucky stars for Google Maps, Bing, Foursquare, and Yelp.
The massive popularity of Netflix and Video-On-Demand has made it virtually unnecessary to go to an actual store to rent movies. Blockbuster is feeling the shift.
Earlier this year, Blockbuster shut down 300 stores, leaving only 500 locations open.
It first started shutting down stores in 2009, and we bet it won't be long until they're all gone.
Traditional GPS devices had a pretty good run, but they're pretty useless now that almost everyone has a smartphone with Google Maps.
The iPhone has turn-by-turn directions and so does Android, so there's really no reason to buy a standalone GPS system.
With wireless penetration in the U.S. currently at 102.2%, it's no surprise that many people are using their mobiles or internet voice services as their primary way to connect.
And when we consider the fact that about one-fifth of American households were wireless-only as of June 2009, it's not hard to conclude that the landline is on its way out.
No more getting lost on those epic road trips or in the woods (unless you lose cell service)... just punch in your destination into your GPS or smartphone and you're good to go.
Does anyone else find this one a little bittersweet?
Bye, bye buttons -- the iPhone seems to have sent us hurtling toward a touch-screen world straight out of Minority Report.
In the same vein of VoIP and cell phones, it no longer costs extra to make those cross-country calls. And Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and various other free Internet chat services make international calls totally free (at least for now) over Wi-Fi.
With the advent of the e-fax, PDFs, DocuSign, and email, and considering how annoying regular faxing can be, we think it won't be long before everyone's taking a bat to their fax machines.
Probably the biggest casualty of the decade. With most communication now conducted online, magazines and newspapers crumbling, and e-readers increasing in popularity, paper is now on serious life support.
It's likely we'll look back and say that, after a 2,000 year reign, paper was killed by the noughties.
Poor CD's. But could anything really have withstood the amazing convenience of digital music and the worldwide adoption of the iPod? As CD sales dropped by 15% this year, it's only a matter of time until the CD becomes just a relic of times bygone.
Ditto to the gold ol' Sony walkman.
Social networks have practically erased the possibility of ever losing touch with anyone. With the rise of wearable technology like Google Glass, it's becoming nearly impossible to lose touch with someone.
The downside: you can no longer use that as an excuse for never speaking to your creepy first-year roommate again.
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