1) The analog clock. Not kidding. Just wait…schools will stop teaching the minute & second hands curriculum in the not-too-distant future. Why bother when elementary school kids are carrying around cell phones?
2) Incandescent light bulbs. Just this past year the government was debating banning the sale or manufacture…regardless of the date, I’m thinking this baby’s time is running out. No more burning our fingers, but dudes, what will we show our kids when they ask what Thomas Edison did?
3) Home phones. Dunno about you, but I already have plenty of friends who don’t bother with the standard landline.
4) Paper books. Authors & publishers alike either see the writing on the wall when they check e-book sales, or are hiding under their blankets with flashlights.
5) Cursive. Remember all those tedious hours in grade school learning penmanship? Good news for your kids…they’ll now be learning keyboarding. You might have to translate Aunt Ruth’s birthday card, though.
6) Paper maps. These may be around a bit longer than the other items on this list, but eventually, GPS and internet-printed directions will dominate.
7) The Post Office. 2000 offices already closed, and certainly more in the future. Private shipping agencies and online access to forms, bills, etc are drastically cutting into our need for snail mail.
8) Checkbooks. They’re less secure, less convenient, and more expensive than cards or electronic payments.
9) Cash registers. Don’t laugh…as self-checkout and electronic payments become more popular, cashiers can start looking for work elsewhere.
10) College textbooks. Books make this list twice, if only because of our generation’s permanent back problems. Remember paying $160 for your Economics book? You’ll still have to pay for downloads, but at least you won’t have to carry a 60-lb. backpack across campus.