UK stuck in tech time-warp, finds report
Hoarding tonnes of VHS players, cassettes, dial-up modems, etc
Britain is hoarding 130,000 tonnes of redundant technology, all because we refuse to dump or give-up the gadgets of yesteryear - a forward-focused tech survey has concluded.
The survey of over 2000 UK adults by the British Video Association (BVA) found that 40 per cent of us hoard technology we haven’t used in at least 18 months. Why? “Just in case”, apparently.
One quarter cited nostalgia as the main reason for keeping out-of-date tech, while a further 15 per cent admitted fearing or suffering confusion about the benefits of new technologies.
Simon Heller, a spokesman for the BVA, said some UK homes “resemble shrines to the 1990s”. Perhaps because 45 per cent of Brits said they still owned a VHS player, while over half – 55 per cent – said they still owned a cassette player.
The report makes numerous references to “haven’t used in the last six months” and “haven’t used in a year and a half”. But seven per cent of Brits are still “leading the field” by equipping living rooms with Blu-ray tech and iPod systems, the report added.
Is your loft full of dot matrix printers, VHS cassettes and CRT monitors that you never use? Or,perhaps you still often use so-called ancient tech? Register Hardware wants to hear from you. ®
aNCIENT mACHINES? HEH
loadsa old crap!
Pc Engine, Silicon Graphics Onyx, amd k450 laptop, Psion 3c, but to name a few...
love decent old tech!! :)
no cassettes or vhs! yuck!
How about - Minidisk player (off *bay). two hifi cassette decks, VHS player, Digital8 camcorder.
I still have my first 1.3 Mpixel camera - cost £239.
Not completly in the dark ages, my current camera a Sony A200, TV 37" LCD + a HDD PVR
My stash of ancient PC's will one day be antiques :D
Bit of a mix
I'm not too bad. I have some old VHS tapes I keep meaning to get digitised (family memories etc). I got rid of all my old mobile phones (envirophone - made a couple of hundred quid) last year - apart from my very first, which I keep for nostalgia/bore-the-kids reasons.
After that, I'm fairly middling. No BluRay yet. I'm sure I'll end up with one - but not yet. No iPod, as my phone does all that, but I have a NAS with a media server so all I need now is a media appliance hooked into my HiFi and HiDef telly and I'm pretty much up to date.
Although I REALLY want a robot vacuum cleaner, mop and lawn-mower.