Is it normal that my mom's 16-year old plasma tv still works perfectly?

My mom bought a Panasonic plasma-tv in early 2007, it's been used every day since then, and it still works perfectly. It shows no signs of aging apart from the outdated design. Is that weird or not? I mean, people always say flatscreen-TVs don't last as long as CRT, but apparently that claim is bullshit.

Is It Normal?
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  • Hey I bought a Sharp Aquos in 2004 and just moved it to my vacation home to play YouTube vids on a Firestick but before that it still worked great. I just wanted to upgrade to a 4K tv.

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    • How much did the average flatscreen back in 2004 cost? I remember my mom purchasing her TV for like, 1500 dollars or something, and that was just a 42 incher. I guess they would've been even more expensive than that 3 years earlier.

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  • The main issue with older televisions at this point is that they don't have the features most would expect them to have. Internet connectivity is a must feature have for many people due to cable television falling out of favor.

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    • My mom just uses an Apple TV with it, works better than smart TVs, IMO.

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      • I've got a smart TV and a TV with a Roku connected. I prefer the Roku, though I can't explain why

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  • I've bought 3 plasma tv in the last 6 years. The first I broke it by throwing the remote control at it, didn't mean to throw at the tv but things happen.

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  • My CRT TV is 30 years old and I love watching it! It's also cool looking (especially since it's a console with a nice wood encasing that goes well with the rest of my house). My flat screen is only 2 years old right now, but hopefully will last as long as yours!

    I used to have an old antenna CRT TV with the dial, but I think my family threw it out when it still worked. 😭 Wish I still had that one as well! The silver CRT TV that replaced it only lasted a few years, not sure why.

    Not sure what the average lifespan of either kind of TV is, but I think 15+ years is pretty good and as long as it still works and you like it, keep enjoying it! No reason not to!

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  • Connect your phone and put porn on it for her if the couch is wet in the morning that thing works

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