By Jenny Wang
Hoverboards, also known as two wheel, self-balancing scooters, have unlocked a whole new form of transportation for today’s teens, and the essence of futuristic transport is here to stay. However, they are an unnecessary accessory used for the sole purpose of social status.
People have many excuses to own and use these useless hoverboards in their daily lives. However, the strongest argument used by hoverboard enthusiasts to defend their beloved boards is that they look trendy.
There are way more cons to hoverboards than are pros. Firstly, hoverboards are not even hoverboards. They don’t hover. They don’t float. They aren't anything that magical or completely new. The single similarity these vehicles share with true hoverboards is that they have a board for the user to stand on.
Not only are they a let-down in name, they can also be dangerous to operate. It is for good reason that the hoverboard is banned in many public places, as it has been deemed by many officials as a public hazard.
Hoverboards have been known to throw their riders off when they go over any small cracks in the road, giving way to several potential serious injuries. Not only that, they are known to spontaneously combust and burst into flames, which has put them under investigation by the Product Safety Commission.
For this reason, it is illegal to ride hoverboards on school campuses or even at Disneyland. The fact that the Happiest Place on Earth bans these toys should really say something about the utility and necessity of the hoverboard.
Furthermore, the hoverboard is too slow to capture the thrill of being on a futuristic moving vehicle--the maximum speed is a mere 6 miles per hour, which is not very far off from the average 4 miles per hour walking speed--and is also extremely expensive, usually around $500 for just a plastic board with two wheels stuck onto the sides.
In short, hoverboards are a major letdown, but hopefully they will have paved the way for companies to design a board that truly floats in the air.
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