16% of Adults Have Never Used a Physical Map . . . and 11% Have Never Used a Phone Book
Time moves fast, but technology can move even faster. So it’s always fun to check in on what old tech people have NEVER used . . . or the old tech that people are still using.
For example, in a comprehensive new survey on technology use, 69% of American adults have never sent a telegram. Which isn’t shocking. But 5% claim they ARE still currently sending telegrams. (???)
Yes, you CAN still send old-school telegrams . . . but 5%? Maybe people just mixed this up with the app Telegram?
Here some other results:
1. 7% of adults have never sent a letter in the mail. 55% still do.
2. 11% of adults have never owned a landline phone. 29% still do.
3. 18% of adults have never used dial-up internet. 5% still do.
4. 14% of adults have never used a public pay phone. 4% still do.
5. 6% of adults have never watched a DVD. 41% still do.
6. 16% of adults have never played music on a vinyl record player. 18% still do. And younger folks are into it. When broken down by age, 20% of people between 18 and 29 are playing vinyl, while it’s just 17% for everyone else.
7. 22% of adults have never played video games at an arcade. 11% still do.
8. 10% of adults have never used a printer at home. 57% still do.
9. 15% of adults have never paid for something with a check. 42% still do.
10. 21% of adults have never typed on a typewriter. 6% still do.
11. 9% of adults have never owned a dictionary. 48% still do.
12. 16% of adults have never used a physical road map to get somewhere. 23% still are using them for some reason.
13. 15% of adults have never purchased a newspaper. 23% still do.
14. 11% of adults have never used a phone book. 15% still do.
(For even more, you can find all the data, here.)