There are lots of great inventions that have been made and popularized by millennials. Some innovations have completely changed how we do certain things, whereas some have been absolute flops. In today’s article, we will address some of the trendy stuff millennials make that is no longer cool today.
1. Selfie sticks
Selfie sticks were initially a must-have accessory for capturing the perfect self-portrait during the early and mid-2010s. However, they have lost their appeal due to changing selfie trends since people prefer front-facing cameras with wider angles.
2. The Google Glass
Once hailed as the future of wearable technology, Google Glass faced criticism for its high cost, limited practical applications, and concerns about privacy, as the glasses could record videos and take pictures discreetly. These issues led to declining popularity, and Google halted its production in 2015.
Pinterest, a visual discovery and bookmarking platform, was a sensation in the early 2010s. However, its growth has slowed as users turned to more interactive and video-based platforms like TikTok and Instagram, where they can engage more actively with content.
4. Oversized sunglasses
Oversized sunglasses were a fashion statement in the early 2010s, but fashion trends shifted towards smaller, more minimalist eyewear designs. The large style is now considered dated.
5. Smart Suitcases
Raden’s smart suitcases made waves with their integrated batteries for tracking and charging devices. However, airlines’ restrictions on lithium-ion batteries in luggage and increased concerns about battery safety led to challenges for these suitcases.
6. Wedge sneakers
Wedge sneakers were once trendy in the early 2010s for combining the comfort of sneakers with a bit of extra height. However, they fell out of fashion as consumers sought more streamlined and classic sneaker designs.
7. High-waisted shorts
High-waisted shorts were a fashion staple in the early 2010s but gave way to lower-rise shorts with different cuts and styles, considered more flattering and comfortable by today’s fashion standards.
8. Henna tattoos
Henna tattoos, famous for their temporary and intricate designs, have lost some appeal as permanent tattoos have become more mainstream and stylish.
9. Temple Run
Temple Run was a sensation in the early days of smartphone gaming, but as the mobile gaming industry evolved and offered more complex and immersive experiences, its popularity dwindled.
10. Google Plus
Google+ initially rose rapidly in user numbers but struggled to differentiate itself from other social media platforms like Facebook. Concerns over privacy and data handling also contributed to its eventual demise.
While cryptocurrency gained significant popularity in the mid-2010s, its volatility, regulatory concerns, and changing market dynamics have made it less trendy. Some investors also moved away from crypto seeking more stable investment options.
12. Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go’s massive success in 2016 was fueled by its novel augmented reality gameplay. However, its popularity waned as the initial excitement subsided and newer gaming experiences emerged.
13. Fidget Spinners
Initially famous for their stress-relief benefits, fidget spinners quickly became a fad and lost popularity as the novelty wore off and other trends emerged.
14. QR Codes
QR codes, once touted as a revolutionary marketing tool for quick information access, faced challenges due to the need for specific apps to scan them. The rise of near-field communication (NFC) and more seamless mobile app experiences contributed to their decline.
Vine was a short-form video platform that gained a devoted user base. However, Twitter discontinued the platform in 2017 as creators chose to go to other better-paying platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok.