51 thoughts on “Adults of Reddit, what common technology are you 10+ years behind on by choice?

  1. I_am_pyxidis February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    My car radio has a touch screen, but I still use the dial to find a radio station. I think using a touch-screen while driving is really distracting and dangerous and why the heck is this the way to find a radio station? I can turn a dial while listening and keep my eyes on the road.

  2. megalaks February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still use Winamp. My friends mock me for it.

  3. Mad_Squid February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still buy every movie and TV series I like on bluray. The internet speed in Australia is too shit to rely on streaming everything, and I like owning a physical copy.

  4. Am_Godzilla February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still burn CDs and play them in my car instead of using Pandora or Spotify.

  5. OninWar_ February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I use my iPod nano still over my phone for music.

  6. stay_frosty001 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Integrating ‘smart’ technology into our home. We don’t have any apps to control the heating/cooling or lights. Our TV is from 2009, and can only be operated by the physical remote.

  7. Peelboy February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Maybe not a technology but most social media. This is the closest I get to it.

  8. tigerlily456 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Gaming consoles. Last thing I played was a GameCube.

  9. KirinG February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still use a dedicated MP3/music player. I listen to a lot of music, and it just drains my phone’s battery too quickly. I also like the smaller size for use on public transportaion.

  10. 10_Virtues February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Anything that’s a “convenience” such as smart technology. I don’t want fridge connected to my smartphone or my tv or security system. I see it all as one big mess and when one goes down it will have a domino effect. For a lack of better term.

    It’s not that I am afraid I won’t understand how to use it, on the contrary, I know what other people can do with it.

  11. LadyFoxfire February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I refuse to use Siri. I have yet to be in any situation where voice activation is easier than just tapping the icon or typing the text message.

  12. POCKALEELEE February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Well, I’m almost 60. I don’t own a television.

  13. SqualorVictoria7 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’ve still got an iphone 4, which I only use for texts, calls and spotify. I’ve never had snapchat, instagram or tinder or anything like that. I don’t use linkedin. I’m 23 and my friends all think i’m stuck in the past.

  14. FanFuckingFaptastic February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Cars. I hate touchscreen consoles, automatic breaking and parking, all these new “Convenience” features are just super expensive shit to break and make major functions of your car useless.

  15. olemiss18 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    iPads/tablets. I’ve never used one.

  16. mrchaotica February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Cars. I have no desire to drive a vehicle infected by OnStar or other tracking devices.

  17. mthiel February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Google Home/Amazon Echo/Apple HomePod

    I don’t like the idea of something listening to me when I am not interacting with it and sending the information back to Google/Amazon/Apple

  18. pumpkinrum February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    A lot of apps. I mostly use Chrome on my phone, and messenger. The rest just hasn’t happened.

  19. solairesunnyd February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    the iPad issue. i’ve never had an ipad ever and choose not to. im not really missing out seeing as i’ve got a smart phone and a desktop at home, so i don’t see getting one ever worth it/useful(yet).

  20. Sunisea February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still have Windows 7 on my Alienware laptop. One dark day in the future, it’ll finally become obsolete or non-optional, and they’ll come for my screaming, cursing, retro-loving ass and throw it into the “tablet-optimised” age.

    But that day isn’t today.

  21. stephen_1975 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Well, I don’t think it’s been ten years already, but I’m quite comfortable with my iPhone 4S. Still works just fine, only app that is a pain in the ass due to how horrifyingly slow it has become would be Facebook, which I don’t particularly use much anyway. Phone calls, texting, and Facetime still work just fine though.

  22. tossawaysfg February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    It would be misleading to say I’m “behind on” them, but I don’t have a smart phone and the only cell phone I have is an old flip phone which doesn’t work in my area (I bought it when I lived far from here). I know how to use smart phones very well (both Android and iOS) and toubleshoot and maintain my husband’s iPhone. However, I don’t want one. When I’m out and about, I don’t want to be staring at a phone. My computer is enough when I’m actually in my home. I am 53, FWIW.

    edit: Someone else mentioned not having a television. I didn’t count that because it’s such old technology, but I don’t have a TV either. However, I do have a Blu-ray player with smart TV capability and an old Mac Mini that I use as a media center. Both are hooked up to a computer display and we use it to “watch TV” (YouTube, video files, etc.) so I think it’s not really so much technology I’m behind on by choice (not having a TV), but that I’ve replaced with new technology.

  23. Minihood1997 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Spotify. I always buy my music. Be it through Google play, bandcamp, or a physical copy.

  24. honestgoing February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Twitter face book Instagram snap chat. Basically if it’s social media that actually tries to connect you with friends, I’m not on it.

    First, I don’t have a lot of friends. There’s no or I really want to connect with. But there were other reasons. My family members started adding me. Now I have to make the decision to add or reject my grandmother and my edgy 12 year old cousin whose profile is just his middle finger? Nope.

    Also though, I haven’t wanted potential employers to look at my social media stuff you know? So I just opted out entirely.

  25. veniceinperil2 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    No Alexa. I don’t need a voluntary eavesdropping device in my house.

  26. grendus February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I have wired keyboard/mouse/headphones/etc. I don’t trust wireless inputs, I’ve seen it fail too often and the latency kills me. Even wifi is iffy for latency – works great for streams or large transfers, but anything time critical is questionable at best.

  27. legumekin February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    We were still using the original Nintendo (~1989), then a friend gifted us a Wii (~2007) so the kids couple play when they are over here.

  28. RainingRabbits February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I have a flip phone. I like that I don’t have to be online all the time, and it’s a great excuse to not check work emails at home

  29. 3x3x3x3 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still use cassettes, just because I have so many and I also have a headphone jack to cassete adapter which is godlike.

  30. rickster907 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    95% of “social media” can go fuck itself.

    most of it is either a fucking money making scam — as in billionaire markey-mark fuckerbergs “your personal data is MINE!!!” Facebook — or it’s a time sink with absolutely no benefit. No thanks. You can keep it all.

  31. vertical_prism February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    My father has never operated a computer or smartphone in his life. I’m doubting he ever sent a fax back in the day either. We are in a major US city, and my mom uses all of the above, but he just prefers to stay unconnected. Not isolated- he loves talking to people on the phone or in person- just unconnected.

  32. suburbanninjas February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’m a generation behind on video games. Once the new system comes out, people trade in the old and prices drop a lot.

  33. spaceklods February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still buy vinyl from time to time. I never buy CDs

    Also if it don’t have a headphone/mic jack, I ain’t buying it.

  34. _tx February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I go out of my way to actually walk around my office building to ask people for something I need.

    I’ll generally follow up with an email. Just pinging someone or a simple email would be easier and is what all the younger people do, but I feel like talking in person adds something to it.

  35. makenzie71 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    We have a 1997 bmw 540i and a 2005 Ford Expedition and that’s new enough for us.

  36. chromaticality February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Cell phone. I use a pay as you go flip dumb-phone that looks nearly identical to what I had in high school.

  37. Trippy_Wang February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Not quite 10 years, but I refuse to buy a newer smartphone than my galaxy S5 until I see a smart phone that actually brings something new to the table, aside from adding a few more megapixels than the previous year’s model.

    Smart phone technology has been at a plateau for at least the last 5 years, and in the case of the iPhone I’d say it’s actually regressed (I don’t know whose idea it was to remove the headphone jack, but they can fuck right off).

  38. TheyCallMeDrAsshole February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    My newest game console is PS2, and I’m afraid to upgrade because of all the new internet enabled features and microtransactions.

  39. avilsta February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Transferring stuff. Like, I keep hearing people talking about air drops and I have 0 idea what they’re going on about. Took me way too long to learn what Google Docs was all about too. Same with the iCloud?

    Also, when I was using iPhone, I had 0 idea how to transfer anything, or how to use iTunes. Stories of iTunes wiping your phone clean didn’t help. Even till now, even as an Android user, I still use those apps to send vids/songs. The most improvement I’ve done is using a Telegram bot that downloads songs directly to my phone.

    Also, I still email myself documents to print sometime. Which was neat since apparently, the main computer my dorm uses has all of my assignments from the past 3 years on it.

  40. ItsaMe_Rapio February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    My phone is for making calls and texting. Smart phones are neat but I don’t really need one, and prefer not having a distraction in my pocket at all times.

  41. murgador February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Integrated wireless hardware on anything besides my computer. Smartphones? Unless I have no access to a computer and no 4g, I am never touching wireless on them because it drains battery so fast. Same goes for bluetooth and GPS data. Always off.

    For gaming on PS2s and earlier, I still prefer CRT TVS. Most had better speakers built in anyways.

    Tablets are just shittier laptops. Sure their touchscreen might offer some practical usage in some work situations but if you’re some tourist lugging around a giant fucking Ipad and shooting video with it, please stop. Most smartphones have equivalent cameras to tablets and are functionally identical save for a larger screen. I see no practical phrpose a tablet accomplishes in most people except for bringing a larger screened smartphone to bed and watching Netflix on.

    Touchscreens. Great for smartphones, but why the shit is half of all UI design suddenly blown the hell up and seemingly designed for touchscreens only? A 1366×768 resolution computer used to hold all the information on a webpage just fine. Now even at 1080×1920 the fonts and image sizes are blown out and there’s so much less information per page. Unless it can’t be avoided like on a smartphone I don’t use anything with them.

    Windows 10 can actually go screw itself. It’s literally Windows 7 but with a shittier UI (designed for touchscreens no less) when stripped of all the frustrating features. There’s two separate control panels, one seemingly for all the new superficial w10 features with the touchscreen design and then the actual usable control panel that actually controls the computer, identical to W7’s. I stripped out automatic updates, reinstated user control over most of the functions and just plain removed half the new Microsoft bloatware like the store and Xbox apps. There’s a ton more but that rant is too extensive. The short of it is that every new function W10 offers is typically extraneous and unnnecessary to most users, resulting in a bloated OS that makes it even more difficult for experienced users to manage (stubborness still prevails). For whatever new software improvements there are, it’s lost through bloatedness to the practical user. Also, pretty much every game released past 2015 is stuck on Borderless Windowed mode. My frames are locked to my desktop limit, it uses my screen calibration adjustment, and the fucking Windows 10 UI (volume levels for instance) is overlayed on top of it even when I hit fullscreen mode. That’s literally a 20% performance loss and it’s ludicrous and I have no idea how to fix it. Every game 2015 and earlier runs proper full screen though.

    Also; mobile tier “apps” for a computer OS (ie, the Windows store and the like)? Fuck off. Half the time those apps run in the background hogging resources on a computer that I don’t need it too. 99% of those app functions I can acquire with a web browser. Netflix, youtube, facebook, etc. All those additional functions an app might provide can be done with a regular application. It’s like the difference between the early Skype App and desktop skype configuration. Not to mention apps are locked behind a MSoft folder you have to modify permissions to even access even as an admin.

    For smartphones and tablets, sure I understand the concept of apps as a necessity due to a lack of control. But the level of control over what runs in the background is awful. There’s hardly a force quit function. It’s closing an app window but letting it run frustratedly in the background half the time. Short of painstakingly opening the android task manager, a lot of apps will happily drain your battery. I run my LGv20 on the bare minimum. Power saving, disabled apps everywhere, heck even the app store. I only use chrome and make use of the sexy audio DAC with VLC media player.

  42. Speedstick2 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Up until August of last year it was smart phones. I bought my first cell phone back in 2007, and have just been replacing batteries every three years. I finally bought an iPhone SE 128 GB last August.

  43. bellysk8er2005 February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still use a Garmin over my phones GPS. I don’t want to drain my battery from my phone nor pay the data overages.

  44. ZanyDelaney February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I still watch DVDs. I’ve bought many over the years from thrift shops and still watch them.

    I actually just switched to a smartphone within the last seven days. Until then I worked super close to home and was always chained to a desk with my job so it didn’t seem worth it to buy a phone and a data plan. My office has now moved so I do a long-ish commute on public transport so wanted a phone mainly to check PT connections while on the road since I have a few options to choose from if one is cancelled delayed. Anyway I’m in the middle of a book so I still read that on the bus and haven’t been using my phone all that much.

  45. somersettler February 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    facebook was the last social media or messaging type of network i could be bothered to join. having been through aim, icq, friendster, myspace, friendsreunited etc, i could not be arsed to keep up with twitter, ig, snapchat, whatsapp, etc. check fb maybe yearly now anyway.

    Never had a tablet

    Never used Siri type voice assistants

    Not interested in smart control of the home

    Never seen anything wearable that appealed, maybe google glass looked promising but then it got cancelled

    Never taken an Uber

    Never scanned a QR code

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