When does that shiny new device become junk? How long do you hang on to superseded gadgets? Do you still have a video cassette recorder in your home?
We’ve got a box of old mobile phones at home and several other outdated bits and pieces either in our shed or stored elsewhere in the house. The VCR is still connected to our TV, along with new technology like our recently purchased Blu-Ray player.
A new study by Australian telecommunications company Optus says that here in Australia we don’t like letting go of old technology.
While Australians sit at 127 per cent with mobile technology penetration ahead of countries like the US, UK and Japan, the research revealed 72 per cent of Aussies are hoarding tech products for up to 11 years.
74 per cent find it hard to part with a product they paid big money for years earlier despite the fact the device is out dated and no longer useful. – TechGuide
In the past we would buy something, keep it for years and even have it repaired if needed. These days, even before we’ve taken our latest purchase out of the box there’s a new improved version on the shelves so we tend to keep upgrading and moving on.
It would seem that part of the problem of keeping old technology hanging around is that around 60% of Australians don’t know how to dispose of outdated technology.
I’m wondering what old gadgets you have at your place. Do you still use old technology or is it just sitting there? Are you the sort of person who throws old devices out as soon as you upgrade? Does the fact that we live in a disposable society worry you or is that simply the price of progress?
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