Planned aging of technology: what is it?

You probably have already become victims of planned aging, even if you’ve never heard of this term. We will tell you, what lies behind it.


What is ‘planned aging’?

The deliberate reduction in the service life of products is conceived directly by manufacturers and is called ‘planned aging’. For obvious reasons, companies try not to disclose information about this.

But neither is this term, neither the phenomenon itself is at all an invention of recent times. Back in 1932, American businessman Bernard London published a brochure ‘The End of Depression through Planned Aging’ (in orig. ‘Ending the Depression

Planned aging is an industrial strategy, guided by which the manufacturer deliberately ‘embeds’ a certain defect in the technical product. The purpose of such manipulation is, so that the thing breaks down after a certain time or there is a problem, does not allow you to use all the functions of the device. By doing so, the buyer is forced to buy a new thing, and this means supporting trade turnover in industry.

Identify the presence of a built-in defect in the new device, unfortunately, not possible. The schemes are so ingeniously verified and so confusing, that you will not be able to draw a line between this phenomenon and ordinary wear and tear.

Tricks of planned aging

If earlier the washing machine could work for decades, that is not to be expected from modern technology. Theoretically, almost any faulty device can be repaired, you don’t have to buy an expensive new product right away. But due to planned aging, the device does not just break down. It is specially designed like this, to repair it was very difficult.

For example, the case of many devices is no longer held by screws, and on glue, so not only open, but closing the device turns out to be a very difficult task. A typical example is already known to you: the built-in batteries in smartphones can hardly be changed at home, and repairs will cost a pretty penny. Therefore, to the user, when the battery of his phone runs out completely, I have to buy a new phone.

Another trick, also probably known to you, as for printers and their cartridges: manufacturers often install chips in them, taking into account the ink consumption. They also record the service time of the device. At the same time, the manufacturer initially lays down a certain period of time, after which the technique reports, that it can no longer function. But in fact, the printer can still work fine.

There are many more tricks on the topic of, how to quickly cause damage to the device. So, for example, the manufacturer can install capacitors sensitive to high temperatures in that part of the device, which is especially very hot.

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