Landlines are on the verge of complete extinction. The opening entry, unlike some of the later ones, is actually quite easy to wrap your head around. Today, many people already see landline telephones as a quaint and unnecessary addition to the home. Although some of the older generation still prefer the comfort of their landline phone to their cellular one, most under 30 view landlines as a waste of money. Why pay for an extra line of communication – one that you can only access when at home – when there’s already a myriad of ways for people to reach you? There really isn’t a rational defense in support of the landline telephone that doesn’t rely simply on nostalgia and consumer preference for the way they used telephones as a youth. Kids today will look back on phones plugged into walls like we look at black and white televisions with ‘rabbit ears’.
#9 Cable Television
Even today’s generation will forget the cable TV soon, why talk about next generation? There will always be television-like programming, but the method of distribution won’t be the same. You can already see the writing on the wall if you examine trends in the cable industry. More and more young adults, upon leaving the home, are foregoing cable television entirely in favor of online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube. The ‘smart’ televisions of the future will just need an operating system and an internet connection. So don’t panic, there’s always going to be someone making great content like House of Cards and Game of Thrones, you just won’t have to pay to subscribe to dozens of channels you don’t watch to get what you do.