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10 Signs Your Electronics Are Outdated

Updated on May 11, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 10 years. She covers a wide variety of topics - hobbies, opinions, dating advice, and more!

Time For A Trip To Best Buy?

We now live in a crazy modern age in our society. I feel like the second I buy a new electronic device, it is outdated the next day. I remember buying a new computer for college (many, many years ago) and before the computer even arrived at my house, an updated version was already available on Dell's website. Fortunately, computers do not age quite as fast as they once did, but other electronics seem to be fading away quickly. For those of us that used to be "cool" and keep up with electronics, it can be an especially difficult time for us. As I get older, I get tired of learning about every new device. I daresay it is impossible to keep up, unless, of course, you are a 13 year old boy with parents that buy generous gifts.

For the rest of us, some of us have just given up. I like to have some new electronic devices, but I'll tell you what... my old Nokia phone that doesn't even take photos gets better reception than most cell phones out there. I don't care if your cell phone can download 10,000 songs at once or if you can play Angry Birds on it; if your phone gets terrible reception, it really doesn't matter much, does it? So for those of you that have all the latest electronics, you can read this list and laugh. But for the rest of us that know we probably need to buy some new electronics, this hub is for you. Please check out the 10 signs your electronics are outdated.

1. You still have to use the rewind button on devices.

You know what I mean. You are jamming to your favorite song on your Sony Walkman and want to hear it again. Guess you are going to have to hit that rewind button to listen again. An even better idea is if the song on the other side in the same spot is really good, you can flip the tape over, listen to that song, and then flip the tape back to hear your favorite song again.

Let us never forget the joy of rewinding those VHS video tapes in the VCR. Remember the cute stickers on all the tapes you'd rent at Blockbuster that said, "Please be kind and rewind"? Oh, good times! Bonus points to you if you still have a Beta VCR.

2. You have headphones, not earbuds.

Those big, bulky headphones would just kill a good hair day, but they were fun, weren't they? If you are still using the headphones, you might want to try the earbuds. I was one of the last people to convert over, too, but they do work well. Earbuds don't mess up your hair! The only negative aspect is people often don't see you are wearing them and still feel the need to talk to you on public transportation even if you clearly do not want to be bothered.

3. Your portable devices are actually larger than a small TV.

If your back is breaking just because you are trying to take some music with you, it might be time to update your electronics. If you are carrying around a boombox, that is awesome if you are forming your own breakdancing crew, but otherwise, you might want to get something a little more compact. Even a Sony Walkman or Discman is looking a little silly now.

4. Your phone has a cord and is attached to a wall.

We've all seen adorable old television shows with the one phone. The phone is usually in the kitchen, it is mounted on the wall, and it has a long cord. The cord has been stretched as far as humanly possible, but still, someone using it looks like she is tied to the wall by her ear. Oh, what fun memories!

However, if you are still living this way and that is not a memory for you, you might want to update your home phone. I am not one of those people that will try to convince you to get a cell phone. Oh, no, I hate them, too. But at least get yourself a cordless phone. Trust me, you will thank me for that advice one day.

5. You have to take your film to be developed.

Cameras are such wonderful electronic gadgets, but digital cameras are even better. If you have to still hunt down a Ritz camera in your area to develop some simple photos of your cousin's graduation party, you might want to consider buying a digital camera. Leave cameras with film to professional photographers. The rest of us don't need all that jazz.

6. You have to set a timer to tape your favorite programs.

If there is no such thing as On Demand or a DVR in your home, you are probably still taping TV shows on a VCR, aren't you? Come on, admit it. You are setting that timer and coming home from work to make sure your Ghost Hunters marathon taped, aren't you? You know you will be kicked back watching that video tape and fast forwarding through the commercials. It is OK. Somewhere, in many homes across the world, there is a dusty VCR that still gets used more than we care to admit.

7. You don't have anything with an "i" in the name.

Everyone else is talking about their iPod, iPad, iPhone, blah, blah, blah. The only "i" you know about is eyeglasses and that is not what anyone is referring to at all. It seems s if everyone has some type of Apple product. Even if you are not getting on board with the Apple scene, you might want to consider upgrading your electronics. There are many lower-priced computer tablets, cell phones, and MP3 players. You might want to consider investing in one of them when you get some extra cash.

8. All of your portable devices require a ton of batteries.

Are you going through batteries faster than paper towels in your home? Do all of your portable electronic devices take about 6 giant batteries? Even when using fully charged batteries, do you find they only work for about 4 hours?

If any of this applies to you, trust me, you need some new electronics. Many new portable devices hardly take any batteries at all. In some instances, they require no batteries. You simply charge the device by plugging it into an electric socket or a computer. I will admit, I did not want to get on board either, but the money saved due to no longer constantly buying batteries is well worth it. Also, most electronic devices last an incredibly long time just using one charge. Give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

9. You've gotten tangled up in a tape recently.

When you are listening to your favorite song, it is a total drag to hear the whole song warble and then hear the dreaded "spit out" from the cassette player. Tapes have a way of getting tangled up in machines. It is completely annoying. This torture does not just stop with audio cassette tapes. You will find the same thing can happen with older answering machines, 8 track players, and VCRs. It is a sad sight seeing the tape unwound from the cassette. No matter how much you try to rewind it back into place, it just never works.

10. You have to walk across the room to change the channel.

I still argue one of the best inventions from the 20th century is the remote control. If you don't have one, your life is pretty rotten. By all means, please go out and buy some electronic devices so you can change the channel, increase the volume, or skip songs without getting up.

It is even more annoying if you have to use the dial to change the channels on your TV. The channels never flip by fast enough. How can you possibly channel surf under these circumstances? Do yourself and anyone that visits you a favor by buying some electronic products from this century. No one should have to get up to change the channels. No one!

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I would like to think of my apartment as having a "retro" feel, but I am afraid many items are just simply out of date. At least I have digital cable... even if it runs to the heaviest TVs ever... one with a VCR attached to it! :-)

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    Christy Birmingham 

    9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You sure have some funny and inventive ideas! Haha I remember headphones :) We had a bright yellow phone mounted on the wall in the kitchen as a kid - you helped bring back a great memory with this hub!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I have to admit, I've started to embrace the earbuds. They are so much easier to keep in my purse. The headphones were more comfortable though. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 

    9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    Gosh I just can't get into those ear buds...they are forever falling out of my ears, and they don't sound so great either. Gimme back me headphones!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    No problem! Thanks for dropping by. Remember, it is fun to keep the outdated electronics.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 

    9 years ago from Nepal

    Well actually it seems I'm quite update with some electronics, and there are some I must get rid off.

    Thanks for sharing these interesting tips.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    PDXKaraokeGuy - If you saw my VHS collection, you'd be even more amazed! I can't even believe the stuff I have on tape. I never really liked cassette tapes, but still have some. I even listened to one while I wrote this hub. :-) Thanks for dropping by!

    rob_allen - Thanks for the vote up! Don't get tangled up in any tapes anytime soon. Hehe. That was the worst thing about cassette tapes!

    Victoria Lynn - I definitely still use my VCR, too. Honestly, I have been known to set my VCR to tape Ghost Hunters marathons not that long ago, so maybe I should not make fun of people who do that in my hub. I know what you mean about cell phones. My cell phone is so old, people actually laugh at it. It can't even take pictures! I am glad you loved the hub. Thanks for the compliment!

    cebutouristspot - No need to confess. It sounds like we are all guilty of some of this. Thanks for reading!

    KF Raizor - You are so right! I forgot all about the rabbit ears. Someone would always end up trying to center the ears just right to get the best reception. I remember sometimes the aluminum foil had to come out. Thank goodness for cable TV! I know what you mean about records being current. That is the way it should be though... cassette tapes were terrible! I am glad this hub brighened your day. Thanks for visiting!

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!

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    KF Raizor 

    9 years ago

    Hey, Jeannie, I resent these attacks on my antiquated products, and as soon as I get done fooling with the rabbit ears on my TV to get the reception coming in clearer I'm gonna give you a piece of my mind!!! LOL (And, BTW, antenna/rabbit ears on the TV is about the only thing you forgot!) And it's great to see that vinyl is still "current" while cassettes have gone by the wayside (I guess that's because you need a computer and a USB turntable to listen to vinyl now!).

    This is a fabulous hub, thanks so much for brightening my day!!

  • cebutouristspot profile image


    9 years ago from Cebu

    Guilty as charge. I am still in the Jurassic era :) nice info. Thanks for sharing.

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    Victoria Lynn 

    9 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    You're so funny, Jeannie. I still use my VCR. Not often, so no reason to upgrade. Plus I have a lot of movies on VHS! Some cassettes, too, but I rarely listen to them. And the phone? An iphone just isn't in the budget. All I need a cell phone for--emergencies, long distance, and occasional texts. I see technology as there if you need it, but superfluous is ya don't. haha. Loved your hub, though! You're so creative!

  • rob_allen profile image


    9 years ago from MNL, PH

    Oh God, Number 9. You know what, I already have songs stored in digital format but I still have some tapes at home! BTW, this is such an entertaining hub! Voted Up :)

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    Justin W Price 

    9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Jeannie, you never cease to amaze me! I still have cassettes, but I have way to play them. I suppose i'm in the market for a digital/analog converter...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    weestro - Wow, beautiful, huh? I can't believe it, this hub has gotten 3 votes for beautiful so far. Hmmm. Thanks!

    molometer - It is amazing to think of how much stuff we used to need to achieve so little. Times are changing so fast now. I am still going to keep all my cool old stuff though. Maybe one day it will be valuable! Thanks for the votes and thanks for sharing!

    Alecia - I will never miss rewinding. I am the type of the person that loves to listen to the same song over and over again. It was such a pain with tapes. Thank goodness for CDs and downloaded music. I can be as obsessive as I like now. :-) Thanks for the compliment! I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Alecia Murphy 

    9 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Another Jeannie classic, this made me laugh! I don't miss rewinding at all. And people without a remote, that's just sad. I would also add the lack of answering machine/voicemail. My aunt never had an answering machine, forget voicemail. Great as usual!

  • molometer profile image


    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    Isn't it shocking? When I moved last year my kids were saying. Why are you taking those video tapes, records even cd's and dvd's when they can all fit on a USB stick?! Not to mention the record player tape player etc.

    Of course they are right, but we have invested in this old kit and what are we supposed to do with it, land fill?

    In the UK now you cannot give away an 'old' TV now one wants them even the charity shops will not take them?

    Excellent hub on a subject that we can all understand well anyone over 30? Voted up interesting useful and SHARING on facebook.

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    Pete Fanning 

    9 years ago from Virginia

    This is hilarious, voted up all accross the board...yep even beautiful!

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    Maddie Ruud 

    9 years ago from Oakland, CA

    Glad I could be of service!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I never realized rewinding the tape when it is warm can stretch it out. This is good to know because I still watch video tapes sometimes. Obviously, since I will never be able to replace any of my videos, I need to keep them working as long as possible. So thank you very much!

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    Maddie Ruud 

    9 years ago from Oakland, CA

    This Hub brought a big smile to my face. It's crazy how far we've come. I actually remember my local video rental shop asking us NOT to rewind our tapes, because doing so when they're warm from being watched can stretch them out. Obviously, that's no longer a problem when everything's digital.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    No cable! That is torture! It is interesting how modern your parents are now. My parents still avoid the internet, but my mother does love her cell phone that is way nicer than my cell phone. She has even embraced texting! Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    9 years ago from Neverland

    Aaaahhhh yes the memories. I grew up in a house where we never got cable, we had a phone with a cord until I moved out not all that long ago, and we had a word processor instead of a computer! All of the above were functional and served a purpose so my parents didn't see why we should upgrade. HOWEVER they now have satellite, wifi, laptops, and techno cell phones in their 70's. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Brandon - Really did not want to convert to earbuds at first, but they definitely work better than headphones. I like that I can put them in my purse! :-) Thanks for the votes!

    cclitgirl - I know exactly what you mean. I am a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of person. I still have a TV that is 20 years old. There is no need to replace it with a flat-screen yet... it is not broken! I don't have an "i" anything either. If I were rich, sure I would. But for now, my old cell phone and my $20 MP3 player is good enough. Thanks for the votes!

    randomcreative - I'll bet that Ferris Bueller's Day Off tape is still in home across America. Everyone had that movie back in the day. Oh, I remember the good old days with the Walkman, too. That was an amazing piece of technology back then.

    Stephanie - I figure those electronics will look "retro" soon, too. It will be cool to have them just like having a jukebox is cool now. Or at least, that is what I tell myself.

    Brandon - Maybe I can donate some of my stuff to a museum! I am never giving up my boombox though. Hehe.

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Brandon Spaulding 

    9 years ago from Yahoo, Contributor

    Sometimes, universities put old electronic devices in campus museums. I expect many of these items will find there way there someday.

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    9 years ago from USA

    Great hub! I have to admit, a few of my electronics are outdated, but I do love the new technology! What do we do with the old boom box, cassette player, walkman and clunky old TV, though? Maybe they'll be collector's items in a few more years?

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    Rose Clearfield 

    9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I love the VHS copy of Ferris Bueller. I still own many old VHS tapes including that one. We do still have one working VHS player, and I have a tape deck in my car that I use with my old Discman. Good times...

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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    9 years ago from Western NC

    THANK you for writing this! I don't have an "i" anything, I have a dumbphone, and until every 20-something TV I could find (at home and at Goodwill) died, did I ever try to get a new one. Plus, all those new gadgets take their heavy toll on the environment. I know, I know. I'm not cool. But at least I know I'm saving a little money and helping (just a bit) to keep phones with their harmful lead and other components out of the landfill. Hehehe. Great hub! Voted up and across.

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    Brandon Spaulding 

    9 years ago from Yahoo, Contributor

    I love earbuds. I remember running in the winter with my walkman and headphones. It was tough to manage. Earbuds are much better and are so much more powerful. We still have a vcr with our dvd player though. I haven't used a tape in a long time but I still have a breifcase full of them. Voted up, and funny!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is crazy how much technology has changed, isn't it? It is so funny to think of MB and disk space now. I forgot to even include floppy disks in this hub! I do wonder how the older generation feels about all the changes. Although I can say my mother has a more modern cell phone than I do, so she's adjusted well. :-)

    Thanks for the votes and thanks for sharing!

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    Susan Holland 

    9 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    I so relate to this! I used to use the timer on my VCR then DVD player all the time. I still have a phone with a cord. I have saved several cassette tapes and VHS tapes. Computers - man, there for awhile they were really changing fast. I remember sitting in one of my college classes and the instructor said he had filled up his 9 MB hard drive... WOW!! My phone has more storage today. LOL I really enjoyed this. I wonder how our parents feel???? Votes and shared!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I never really liked tapes, so I was really excited to upgrade to CDs. I actually always liked record albums, I just don't have a working turntable right now. Oh, my parents had the 8 track player, too. I believe they finally threw it out a few years ago. I wonder if they still have the tapes. Thanks for reading!

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    9 years ago from North Carolina

    This is such a cute idea. I have some casset tapes that I had with sentimental value. My kids can't figure out what they are..LOL. My parents still have an 8 track player. Great job!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Deb - Yes, I know exactly what you mean. That phone hanging on the wall in the photo is mine. I still insist on a corded phone myself. Maybe I should make it clear... keep the corded phone AND get a cordless phone. I don't know how people with just cell phones survive! Thanks for dropping by!

    Sally's Trove - It is so sad to see the old electronics go though, isn't it? The VCR in the photo needs to be thrown out. After all, the DVD player is sitting on top of it. I just can't seem to do it. Maybe I will just get it repaired. :-)

    petenali - Oh, I loved my Sony Walkman, too. Everyone thought they were so cool using them. Who would have ever imagined one day a device like an MP3 player would exist? Thanks for the vote up!

    Millionaire Tips - Haha... At least you don't have 10 reasons to go to Best Buy. Trust me, I need to take a trip, too.

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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    Shasta Matova 

    9 years ago from USA

    I was afraid to read this hub, because I don't want to a trip to Best Buy, but unfortunately, I now have 6 reasons to go. LOL

  • petenali profile image


    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Enjoyable read. Some young people might well read this and not have a clue what devices you are talking about. I still recall the proud day I got my first Sony Walkman....good times, good times... Voted up.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    A very fun and informative read. I still have some of these outdated electronics hanging around, but they are leaving the premises little by little, although probably not fast enough. Thanks for the push to update!

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    Deborah Neyens 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    This made me laugh. I got my husband a new flat screen TV for our living room for Christmas because the old TV was ancient and starting to lose color. When we went to switch out the TVs, we found that the old one was ridiculously heavy, while I could pick up the new one with one hand. So that's another sign - if your TV weighs as much as you do!

    It is good to keep one corded phone around, though. We found that out when we had an ice storm and lost power for several days. Cordless phones don't work without electricity!

    Great hub!


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