Gadgets are a geek’s best friend. I suspect every person reading this now has a horde of gadgets in their house, and many more gadgets they would like to own but either cannot afford or cannot justify buying.
Whenever you buy a piece of technology it should be in the knowledge that it will be superseded very quickly, either by a new and improved model or a new and improved technology. At this point it’s up to you to decide whether to stick with what you have or to upgrade to the shiny new gadget tempting you.
Most of us have decided to stick with what we already have at least once in our lives, and this is the avenue we hope to explore in this week’s We Ask You column.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What’s The Oldest Gadget You Still Use Regularly? “Gadgets” is, on this occasion, a catch-all term for any piece of electronic hardware, including (but not limited to) televisions, computers, audio equipment, tablets, smartphones, cameras, video games consoles, and white goods.
Manufacturers of consumer electronics need us to keep buying their products. If we don’t, they go bust, or at least see their revenues precipitously drop. Which means they continuously conjure up new ways of selling us stuff we want but don’t necessarily need, whether it be with major developments or incremental updates.
The thing is we all have a choice not to add to the problem of electronic waste. We don’t have to buy a new gadget every time a company tells us we should. And we want to hear your story of how you drew a line in the sand and carried on using an old or outdated gadget.
Take a look around you and determine what the oldest piece of technology is that you own and still use on a regular basis. Do you have an old TV in a bedroom? Or an ancient computer which you’ve found some use for in its later years? Do you still use a record player or watch VHS videos? Do you prefer a CD Walkman to an MP3 player? Have you eschewed successive generations of video games consoles and stuck with a retro machine?
Let us know what gadgets you’ve kept around, and why you’ve held onto them for so long.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us.One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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