Analog Return

There is no question that we are living in a world overtaken by digital technology. The convenience and simplicity of these products are what make them so unique and so desirable to all of us. Imagine telling a researcher in the pre-smartphone era that instead of having to scour through dozens of books in a library in order to find information about a topic that you will one day be able to search it on a device even smaller than a typical reading book and get results within a few seconds. It’s safe to say they would tell you that you are out of your mind.

As our world shifts more towards this digital age, there are a few analog technologies that I can count on sticking around. Physical books for one are something I don’t see dying out anytime soon. The ability to read for hours and not get eye strain from staring at your screen for too long is something you only get with physical books. Also, most readers retain information better when they read in print rather than on digital books. Furthermore, the unique experience you get when owning a physical book is something that can’t be replicated digitally.

Physical money is another thing I don’t imagine ceasing to exist. Cash is the primary form of medium of exchange for the poor in the United States. Unfortunately, with the poverty and homelessness problem in this country continuing and not seeing an end anytime in the near future, cash will likely still remain in high demand.

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