1-800-GOT-JUNK? Survey Finds Children in 2025 May Not Enjoy The Traditional Items Kids Do Today

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According to a recent study by Wakefield Research for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, 79% of Americans believe children in 2025 will never get to see at least one item that's common in 2012.

Simple Pleasures Have Staying Power

Kids in the future will have a very different idea of junk. Basement closets, junk drawers, and storage bins will likely be crammed with “junked” tech gadgets like iPads, not yellowed newspaper clippings, old coloring books, compact discs, or VHS tapes.

Landline phones may be out of our homes much sooner than we think – so make sure your kids’ cell phone is charged up. Landlines topped the list of items that Americans expect to be gone by 2025 (49%). But phone cords aren’t the only item children will ask Mom about in the future. Disks and tapes with music (40%) and movies (30%) are the next most predicted items to disappear. With magazines and newspapers already on the decline today, it follows that more than 1 in 4 Americans (28%) also predict a paperback read on the beach and the newspaper delivery boy aiming for the doorstep will be obsolete by 2025.

However, it’s the simple pleasures that have the staying power. With recent technological advances, one might believe that the games of the good ol’ days are long gone. Americans think otherwise – 84% feel that crayons and coloring books will maintain their place when playtime comes around in 2025. After all, it’s not exactly easy to put a digital file on your fridge.

The survey, which segments results by several categories, including gender, age, and region, revealed a surprising result from young adults. While 25% of people surveyed believe kids in the near future will not see gas-powered cars, just 12% of those in the 18-24 age bracket felt the same way.

And who better to predict children of the future than today’s parents? 88% of American parents believe that children in 2025 will never see at least one of the items children today commonly use, compared to 75% of non-parents.

The survey, conducted between June 12th and June 18th, 2012, targeted 1010 nationally represented American adults.

About 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping residents and businesses remove junk and regain space. Whether it’s a pile of household junk in the garage or a warehouse full of office furnishings, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you, making the ordinary business of junk removal exceptional. We are passionate about recycling and donating to charity. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? was founded in 1989 and now operates throughout North America and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.1800gotjunk.com.

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