Like many, I have fallen for the obvious convenience of the digital age, there is nothing better than having every song at your fingertips and being able to play any computer game without the need for hundreds of shiny disks taking up valuable space. However, even in this digital age there are some clear advantages to buying physical objects.
1-Vinyl Vs Digital Music
Downloadable music has undeniable benefits, that everyone is aware of but nothing quite compares to owning vinyl. I find owning a physical copy of music more special. While being able to take time out of your day to sit and listen instead of shoving earphones in and listening on the go makes music into a different and more reflective experience. Vinyl (especially the new stuff) is expensive, so I find it makes me more selective of my music and as a result it is my way of giving a little extra back to the artists who I love the most.
2-Books Vs eBooks
I am a huge bookworm. I have shelves filled to the brim with books I have read and books I have yet to get around to. I did have an eReader, I expected it to be a way to save on space, having all the books I could ever want on one device…
But that is not the case. It is cheesy but there is just something better about the feel of a book, the scent of the pages and the turning of the pages that sets books apart from their digital cousins. Books offer an experience nothing else can match in my opinion.
3-Notepads Vs Note apps
Every phone now comes with a notes function. I know may people who constantly jot down ideas, reminders and notes on their device. Even I use my phone to make notes when I don’t have a notepad handy. But I also have four or five notepads on the go at once. Notepads allow me to better set out my thoughts in a way that will help me remember them, they allow you to draw and doodle and offer more freedom than any “Notepad” app can ever dream of offering.
4-Physical Games Vs Digital Downloads
I love downloading games. Its great not having to worry about finding discs, putting in the right one and keeping them in a working condition. There is nothing worse than having a disc so scratched that it no longer works.
Saying that, there is a benefit to owning a physical copy. It reduces your reliance on the internet, there is nothing more frustrating than being unable to play a game because you don’t have internet connection. Also for those games you love the most, when the choice is between a digital copy of the game or a physical collectible copy complete with extras like figurines and art work, the choice is obvious.
5-Trading and Sharing
Finally, physical copies allow you to trade and share with friends. You can lend a book or video game but you cannot borrow a digital download. I have fond memories of sharing Playstation 2 games with my friends and even today I often share and borrow games with friends, it’s a great way to discuss and share an experience and can help build trust if your friends remember to return what they borrow!