5. 1 nostalgic thing: The dead paper ticket
Over the last decade, tickets have transitioned out of the physical realm and, like so many other aspects of our lives, gone digital, Axios' Kendall Baker writes.
Why it matters: Tickets were once mementos, collected like photographs and saved in scrapbooks. They are now barcodes on our phones — convenient as heck and impossible to lose yet, sadly, often forgotten about the moment they're scanned.
By the numbers: The percentage of transactions on mobile vs. desktop on ticket marketplace SeatGeek since 2012, per the company:
- 2012: 7% mobile, 93% desktop
- 2019: 68% mobile, 32% desktop
My thought bubble: Yes, it's cool to never again have to worry about your ticket falling out of your pocket and fluttering away during the sprint from the car to the stadium. But I remember taping every Red Sox ticket stub from my childhood to my bedroom wall, and that was pretty cool too. (And, yes, this is me revealing that I am a proud Boston sports fan. Long live Tom Brady!)
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