It’s about the time of year when our cell phone provider asks if we want to upgrade our phones. Usually, we say no, because there’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 6S that my husband and I are using. But since the kids really want new cell phones this year we decided it’s finally time to upgrade to the new iPhone X series phones for the whole family. And that got me thinking about how many other electronics we use and when was the last time we updated all of those.
I was shocked to realize that our TV is seven years old. My computer is five years old, and our tablets are still first generation iPads. We have been so focused on upgrading the kid’s technology like phones, console games, and computer for school that my husband and I haven’t updated our own electronics in a long time.
And yet, I’m not sure we’ve really suffered because we haven’t upgraded. My computer does everything I need it to do. My phone works fine. I will admit I would l like a new iPad Pro but my Kindle still works too. Most people don’t need to get a full new suite of electronics every year.
If you decide to upgrade your electronics and your old ones still work you there are a lot of things that you can do with them besides throwing them out that will really help people who don’t have access to technology at all like:
Donate Them To A Senior Center
Many seniors on fixed incomes can’t afford to have iPhones or iPads or expensive computers and they need help to use technology like that. If you donate your older electronics that are still in good shape to a local senior’s center the staff can help the seniors use your tablets, computers, and old phones to video chat with their families, watch movies, listen to music, and play games that can help them retain memory and cognitive function.
Donate Them To A School Or Daycare
You could also donate them to a school or daycare center that can use these older pieces of technology to help kids become familiar with computers and learn how to go online safely. Many cash-strapped schools and daycare centers don’t have the money to keep up their technology so donating computers and tablets can really help them prepare kids for the future.
Sell Them And Donate The Money
There are electronics resale shops where you can sell older models of technology for cash. If you want to help organizations in your community have better access to technology you can sell your older pieces of technology and then donate the money to an organization that needs help to cover the cost of new computers and tablets that are accessible to members of the community.