Most people would agree that once technology goes out of style or the newest version of a device comes out, their old devices are kicked to the curb, never to be turned on again. That would seem logical. Why would a person want to use outdated technology when there is a better version available? A new iPhone comes out? Your old iPhone that you worshiped 5 minutes prior to the release of its update is now a caveman tool.
The development of technology is linear. For the most part, it does not move backward. People tend to love new tech and hate old tech. While there are those who prefer older models, they would likely be referred to as “nostalgic” rather than “modern”.
New tech is what the people want, right? Well shockingly enough, a recent study has shown that outdated technology is still alive and well today. The US Government Accountability Office conducted a study looking into how much outdated tech is currently used in the country. The results are surprising and comical, to say the least.
Here’s the proof! Even the Pentagon is in on the outdated tech usage.
- Floppy disks: It has been revealed that one of the computer systems in charge of the nuclear weapons owned by America uses floppy disks. Let’s all just take a moment of silence to pray that no one presses “eject” anytime soon. It has been reported that they plan to update the system by the year 2020.
- Dial-Up Internet: According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, around 10 million people in the US still endure the most annoying sound in the world when booting up the internet.
- VHS Tapes: It has been approximated that nearly 13 million VHS tapes were sold in the US in 2012. Collectible vintage items maybe?
- Fax machines: Nearly 350,000 fax machines were purchased by Americans in 2012. These have existed for multiple decades, you’d think there would be an update by now.
- Pay phones: According to the American Public Communications Council, 50 million calls were placed on pay phones last year. All of the calls were placed in order to find lost smartphones.
- Pagers: In the US, more than 100,000 pagers were purchased in 2012. Yeah, text messages take way too long to send.
It’s hard to believe that these technologies are making their way into the future. It will be interesting to see how much longer they last. It’s safe to say that no matter how technologically advanced the world gets, there will always be those who live in the past. Who knows what the future holds!
What outdated technology your business still uses? let us help your business.