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When the latest technology comes out, it’s easy to feel that you have to have it right away. After all, the newest device on the scene must be good, right? But just becuase a new version is available doesn’t mean the existing version is immediately obsolete. A recent online poll asked users to share the old technologies they hesitate to let go of; here’s some of the most popular responses.

1. Wired Earbuds

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“Earbuds with a wire. I don’t need something else to charge,” someone said. “Plus, the wired ones are harder to lose,” a person added.

2. Older Model Vehicles

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“I like early 2000s cars. Had safety equipment like airbags, but not everything had a stupid sensor to fail constantly,” a person explained.

3. Email

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“Email, in general, in a world where young people switch platforms constantly. I hate texting on tiny virtual keys with my big sausage fingers. Email works perfectly well, is more easily searched, and is more flexible,” someone explained.

4. Paper and Pen

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“I have yet to find a computer device that functions as well as my beloved 98-cent spiral notebook and ballpoint pen,” someone exclaimed.

5. Non-Smart House

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“I have a “dumb” house, and I like it that way,” someone stated. “We tried using Alexa, but it was creepy,” someone else agreed.

6. Books

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“I like my books. The smells, the feel. I like to turn pages,” someone explained. Someone else added, “My eyes don’t hurt.”

7. Owning Music

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“I like owning my music. I still have vinyl, cassettes, and terabytes of ripped, no DRM mp3s. I listen to the same old underground punk rock, etc. that I did in high school, and you can’t get those bands on Spotify or Apple Music anyway,” somebody stated.

8. Homemade Meals

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Someone mentioned, “I was not raised on convenience foods, being a farmer kid. I certainly had my share of fast food and junk food over subsequent years, but for the past decade or so, I’ve returned to making meals as my family did.”

9. Paper Maps

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“Sure, I use GPS, but paper maps allow you to see the entire area without zooming and scrolling,” someone explained.

10. MP3 Player

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“I’m just going to say MP3 players in general. They are not old-tech, but I think they qualify because of the simplicity of design and use. I miss mine at the gym and mowing the lawn; it’d be so nice to have that lightweight, cheap player in my pocket, just randomly shuffling songs with no other diversion,” someone expressed.

11. Low-Tech Cars

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“Low-tech cars. Manual transmission, no sensors telling me how to drive, no touch screen, no backup camera. From what I’ve read, there are a lot of younger people in agreement,” someone declared.

12. Paper Calendar

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“Paper calendar for writing down appointments. I print three months off at a time, staple them together, and write everything on it. I cross the days off as they go,” someone explained.

13. Hard Copies

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“I prefer to get hard copies of my bills in the mail. Somehow, that’s more real to me, and I feel more in control,” someone mentioned.

14. Hand Drills

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“Hand drills with a chuck and key. Keyless chucks can easily slip. With the key, you can tighten the drill bit as hard as you want to so that the drill bit doesn’t slip,” a person explained.

14. Real Leather

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“I like leather, leather shoes, leather belts, leather wallets, leather watch straps, and leather jackets, not leather pants. Duh, it’s just too uncomfortable,” someone said.

15. Printed Menus

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“No QR codes; I shouldn’t need to bring a computer to order from a restaurant I’m sitting in,” someone exclaimed.

16. Paper Newspaper

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“Our local paper has switched to once-a-week print with all week’s puzzles and the daily online. Perfection,” someone explained.

13 Discontinued Items That People Want To Bring Back Immediately

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We all have items we absolutely love and buy all the time. Then the inevitable happens, and the item is discontinued. You find a replacement, but it’s just not the same. Or you reminisce back in time to a cool gadget you wish still was around to purchase. According to an online poll, these are the top-voted items that people would love to see hit the market again. 13 Discontinued Items That People Want To Bring Back Immediately

15 Stereotypical Coworkers Who Probably Work in Your Office

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We have all heard of some of the stereotypical personalities in movies and TV shows, the boss’ pet or the goodie-two-shoes, but there are so many more personalities out there. We found a discussion in a popular online forum discussing some examples of other workplace personalities. Here are some of the top responses. 15 Stereotypical Coworkers Who Probably Work in Your Office

15 Things People Are Less Willing To Tolerate as They Get Older

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As we age, we experience endless changes – our tastes, our bodies, and the way we approach different situations. Often we notice that our patience wears more quickly, and we are less tolerant of specific things that didn’t bother us once upon a time. Here are some examples people recently shared in an online poll; which ones resonate with you? 15 Things People Are Less Willing To Tolerate as They Get Older

15 Things People Are Constantly Warned About But Choose To Ignore

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Growing up, most of us are told by parents, caregivers, and teachers to be safe. They warn us that if we don’t take precautions, we will suffer the consequences and get hurt. An internet poll asked users to share something they warn people about, but they don’t heed their warnings. Here are some of the most popular responses. 15 Things People Are Constantly Warned About But Choose To Ignore

17 Conspiracy Theories That Would Rock the World if They Were Actually True

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We’ve all heard a conspiracy theory or two in our lifetime. Most of the time, we wave them off and give them no attention, but sometimes they do prove to be true. Recently, people weighed in online to share the most ridiculous conspiracy theories they believe would rock the world if proven to be true. Here are some of the most popular responses. 17 Conspiracy Theories That Would Rock the World if They Were Actually True

Inspired by this thread – photos for illustrative purposes only.

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