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Future-Proofing Your Home: 10 Objects To Ditch

Many objects have already disappeared from our lives, be it cassettes, MP3 players or telephone directories… What will be next? Sophie Sesmat, antique dealer specializing in popular arts and traditions, answers us.

Video and audio cassettes, telephone directories, MP3 players… These objects have disappeared from our daily lives over the past two decades. “It is often new technologies, new advances that make an object fall into oblivion”, underlines Sophie Sesmat, antique dealer specializing in popular arts and traditions in Annecy (Haute-Savoie). Objects which today seem essential or which are still part of the daily life of many French people should not escape this fate. Here are ten objects that should disappear within ten years, according to Sophie Sesmat.

1. Keys

“It’s definitely an object that will disappear because of the digital key,” says the 41-year-old antique dealer. According to her, it is the smartphone, thanks to Bluetooth, which will become the key, whether it is the car, the house, or both. Or biometric data such as facial recognition, retina scan or fingerprint already used today… “Today the key no longer has to be because everything is digitized, everything is dematerialized. With a fingerprint, you enter a house, you unlock a safe, you unlock a cell phone,” she adds.

Beware, however, of the risks of piracy…

In the same vein, passwords and signatures could disappear. According to a study carried out by the payment company Mastercard and the University of Oxford (UK) in 2017, 93% of users would prefer biometrics to passwords for authenticating payments and using financial services.

2. Sheets

An essential part of the panoply of bed linen for grandparents, the sheet is neglected by the younger generations in favor of the duvet. “In the past, our grandmothers, they had cupboards full of sheets, inherited from their mother. It was something precious. The young girls made their own trousseau, embroidered by them, before leaving home, says Sophie Sesmat. Linen was very important. Now, few young people know how to sew. It is know-how that disappears and objects with it. »

3. Books

Are we living the last years when we turn pages by the fireside? “Fewer and fewer people read books [paper, NdlR] today. The reader is a great success, and with the internet, you have all the books you want. There are audiobooks too, she notes. I spend my time giving objects a second life and I can tell you, there are a lot of books that don’t find a second life so we recycle them to do something else. The rise in the price of paper does not come to plead in favor of these objects which are also likely to cost more. “What a pity it would be to no longer have beautiful books in your hands,” she exclaims.

4. The Salad Spinner

The salad spinner, with string, with crank, with piston, with basket, without basket, could soon evaporate from our kitchens according to Sophie Sesmat. “For me, it’s the flagship object that will disappear,” she says. Manufacturers are increasingly going to put lettuces in bags, it is more practical, faster. »

“It’s a shame”, comments a customer present in his antique shop in Annecy. However, given the imperative to reduce plastic consumption to fight against pollution and global warming, and the price of bagged salads, the salad spinner could perhaps have a chance!

5. The Checkbook

Even if France is the European country that signs the most checks – 85% of the checks used in Europe in 2020 were French, far ahead of Italy (7%) and the average of the other countries of the European Union, according to the Banque de France – its inhabitants risk abandoning it within a few years. This is already gradually happening. Since 2003, the check has lost ground in favor of the bank card. 5% of transactions were carried out by check in 2020, compared to 57% by card. The check is not well liked by consumers, public authorities and banks because it is a means of payment considered unsafe, more susceptible to fraud, and its production is expensive.

6. The Purse

“It will disappear because we have less and less money,” says Sophie Sesmat, whose passion is to tell the stories of objects. Like checks, coins and banknotes are threatened by bank cards, or more recently by smartphones, which also allow payments to be made. And this even if the currency remained the most used means of payment in France: it represented 59% of transactions in France in 2019 (73% in the euro zone). Note, however, that the Covid-19 crisis has since boosted the use of bank cards.

The European Commission is also considering eliminating the 1 to 2 cent coins, deemed “cumbersome” or even “useless” for 72% of Europeans according to a citizen consultation carried out between 2020 and 2021.

7. Wired Chargers

“Mobile phone chargers are sure to be replaced by new technologies,” says the specialist in popular arts and traditions. No doubt by the so-called “Qi” wireless chargers, which already exist today: they allow the phone to be placed on a transmission medium, which recharges the device by magnetic induction. Japanese researchers even think, in view of a study carried out in 2021, that it will be possible to recharge a device by magnetic induction as soon as you walk through the door of a room.

8. Transport Tickets

The heaps of tickets that litter the floors of the streets around metro stations, will it soon be over? More and more, tickets printed in cardboard are abandoned in favor of dematerialized tickets to be found on mobile applications, via QR Codes or electronic tickets. The transport networks themselves tend to favor rechargeable cards, which are more economical and ecological.

9. Mailboxes

“I think letters and mail [paper, NdlR] will disappear, so inevitably mailboxes too, underlines the antique dealer. We receive more and more dematerialized invoices by email. One day, we will no longer need these mailboxes. Fewer and fewer paper prospectuses should also be distributed. Starting with those of Leclerc: the brand has decided to end it in September 2023.

10. Clock Radio

These devices, which have so far been on bedside tables, are increasingly being replaced by smartphones, which also allow you to read the time or set alarms to wake up. “When you want to go and buy an alarm clock in a store, you struggle to find a nice model because it’s the mobile phones that now serve as an alarm clock”, points out Sophie Sesmat.

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