20 Everyday Products Gen Z Will Never Use in Their Lifetime
For some people, these pictures are a walk down memory lane, but for Generation Z, they’re practically vintage.
How many of these do you remember?
Millennials, Generation X, and baby boomers remember and recognize using at least some of these everyday products from the past. Generation Z—people born after 1997—won’t find much use for these things today. Click on for a blast to the past that the next generation won’t understand.
Phone books and Rolodexes
Long gone are the days of thumbing through a Rolodex or phone book. Yes, it’s so convenient to have everyone’s number accessible from your phone nowadays. Although, having a long contact list on your phone isn’t as satisfying as adding another card to your Rolodex. Using these things are just some of the things 2000s kids will never understand.
A physical paper address book was the original contact list. In fact, cellphone contact lists now combine both Rolodexes and address books since you can save an address, phone number, and even a picture for a contact. Don’t hold onto one of these books, and definitely don’t keep them or these other things on your desk.
Paging all kids born in the late 1990s and beyond! Once upon a time, getting in touch with people was a multi-step process. Pagers or beepers are wireless communication devices that display either a short message or a number to call back with a phone. Although many doctors and emergency services still use pagers today because they can be more reliable than cell phone service, the average person won’t be using this device anytime soon. It’s better to invest your money into one of these cool new tech products.
Phones with cords
Rotary phones and phones with wires are relics of the past. Almost everything is all about wireless, so there’s not a big chance that Generation Z will tangle with these once everyday things. People might not even recognize what phones looked like the decade you were born.
Answering machines were not only a sign of independence but of importance, too. People with answering machines are so in-demand that they must never miss a call. You can leave voicemail messages on phones today, but answering machines were slightly different. People were able to tape themselves and their unique voicemail messages and change out the tapes regularly. It was annoying, but slightly satisfying, to come home to a full mailbox. Phones today can hold more messages, especially since there are many ways to free up space on your phone.
Writing a research paper seems almost impossible without the help of online databases. It’ll probably be even easier for Gen Z as technology develops, but they sure won’t need to lug any of these books around. That’s why writing papers is one of the things that were way harder to do “back in the day.”
The glove compartment of your car likely has old papers and maybe your car manual, but people once also kept their trusty paper maps there as well. Road trips were next to impossible without the help of a co-pilot to navigate. Today, it’s easy to plug in an address on one of many different GPS apps for turn by turn directions. Any of these Google maps tricks will make your drive better, too.
One of the sounds you’ve probably never heard if you were born after 2000 is the dial tone of a fax machine. Along the same lines as dial-up Internet, people hung up the phone before sending a fax because there was only one line. Now, instead of faxing, it’s much easier and almost instant just to scan and send a document instead.