Individuals predict how 10 aspects of today's 'normal' will change in the next decade, reflecting shifts in society and technology.
We live in an age of rapid technological advancements and with it evolving societal norms. So, it becomes fairly simple to surmise that our ideas of normality will also change over time. As time goes by, life will undergo many significant changes. For example, it would have been considered very weird to make payments without physical cash. But, if you look at today's world, we are coming up with more payment methods that do not involve physical cash. u/bronzebodyb asked the community, "What's something that is considered 'normal' now but won't be in 10+ years?" Here are 10 of the most thought-provoking answers that people had to share.
Hopefully, family vlog-style social media content. I think we’ll have a wave of kids who grew up being featured on popular family YouTube channels (or TikTok, or any other platform) reach adulthood and speak out about how unhealthy it was. We already have some who were filmed on family reality shows that aired on TV channels like TLC, but the proliferation of these on social media is so much more widespread. u/ColdFIREBaker. I saw a post where she was saying “my parents posted all my childhood photos on Facebook growing up and I despise them for it”. It will be interesting to see the effects on mental health for cases like this in the future. u/three-sense
If social media history is any indication, TikTok won’t be the most popular app among teens in 10 years. u/mountaintosea. TikTok now is in the same niche as YouTube in 2009. I think eventually, YouTube will have the entire professionally produced market and TikTok will become like 2014 YouTube: the go-to general-purpose video platform. And a new app will capture the bored teen demographic. u/normVectorsNotHate. Honestly, I think TikTok has hurt creative works. Like 8 to 10 years ago if you edited a funny meme video you'd use a proper software that lets you make it look good. Now everyone uses what I can only assume is some kind of built-in TikTok editor that can only really do basic green screen-type stuff and funny videos are made with less effort. But everyone seems satisfied so I expect no change. u/Flossthief
Owning things outright without having to pay a subscription. u/Justsomedudeonthenet. Kind of random but I’m surprised furniture stores haven’t already partnered with apartment corporations to furnish apartments in a subscription model. I know some places do the bare minimum in a lot of college housing situations but it wouldn’t shock me if when you sign a lease it’ll be normal to be given a catalog with a few different furnishing designs that you pay a subscription for while you live there. Moving is such a pain in the a** and with remote work becoming more common, it’d be immensely profitable for young professionals looking to move to new states or countries every couple of years. u/ShantyBars
Being able to be offline or uncontactable. u/Country_Squire_. You know you can simply turn off the internet on your phone and computer? Been doing it for some time, especially on Sundays. Depending on Friends and family you have they probably know that you're reachable by calling with the phone function. Not FB, skype, or whatever other online service. You can even turn off the phone if needed. Best sleep and naps ever. u/junktech. I put my phone in a metal toolbox when I don’t feel like getting calls. Reddit. My office thinks I am a serious camper and backpacker like it’s all I do in my free time. I camp maybe twice a year. u/daof
Unregulated phone use for minors. It’s already starting to change. u/hebrewschoolcarpool. I’m a parent who never shoved a tablet in front of my children (they’re 5 & 7 now) and I get so many compliments on my kids because they aren’t insane like these feral tablet kids are. There’s a mom at my kids’ bus stop who always makes passive-aggressive “I wish I was that lucky” comments when my kids wave, blow me kisses, and go to school in a good mood, but then turns around and tells me about how her 6 year old plays his Nintendo switch until 10 pm and then plays it in the morning before school too. They create their own problems in the pursuit of not having to actually parent. Drives me nuts. u/RetroNecromance
Hopefully, we'll have a biodegradable replacement for all of the single-use plastics that we're creating. Microplastics have now found their way into virtually every ecosystem on Earth. u/UpChuckles. There are already a few biodegradable options that just aren't used because there has been no incentive for companies to invest in the change. Real change will only happen if/when corporations are held responsible for their consumption of resources and waste generated from their products. u/zathmi.
As a smoker, I really hope smoking. u/CanadianSherlock. As a former smoker, I feel this. Btw, the way I was able to quit was when I came to the realization that one way or another, there would come a day when I couldn’t ever smoke again, and that day would either be by (my) choice, or not - when you’re in the hospital dying, they won’t let you smoke. So, I figured I’d make it my choice. u/Come_along_quietly. NZ has introduced an age-incremental smoking ban. So those who are teenagers now will never legally be allowed to buy a tobacco product as the age at which you can buy it will increase every year. The UK is also implementing the same system. So it's becoming a reality in some countries! u/redsquizza
Having a Facebook. u/lawlpony. I think people seriously underestimate the global use of FB. I work in a job where I have to travel a bit internationally and they use FB so much. Thailand, Mexico, Nicaragua, etc. People are all still using FB young and old. u/livingdagoodlife. I actually said that roughly 10 years ago. It's true for the most part as it appears mostly the older generation uses it now. everyone else left it for IG and TikTok. u/Texas_sucks15. Facebook actively bums me out. The ratio of someone doing something interesting compared to a political post or complaining about some nonsense with way too many scam ads. u/hydra1970
The 5-day work week. 4 days is better and just as productive. u/corvus7corax. If you’re talking about American society, that’s not gonna happen. There’s no way in hell companies would allow their staff to cut down their hours, if anything they’ll find a way to raise the full-time "standard”, making it 45-50 hours/week. I wholeheartedly agree a four-day work week would be wildly beneficial to both employee and employer simply because more rest time = actual time to recuperate; therefore allowing someone to be more focused during working hours. But it just won’t happen. This country is run by greed, and sadly nothing that can help the working class will ever trump that. u/LittleBirdy_Fraulein
Life without pandemics: the 21st century will have more, some likely worse than COVID. There are a number of reasons for this. Zoonotic spillover, e.g. from pathogens originating in Amazonian bats. More broadly travel, urbanization, climate change, increased contact with animals, and healthcare worker shortages are a powder keg for crises like this. This and other societal pressures — e.g. the need for compression of morbidity as rising numbers of retirees become an untenable burden on younger workers — will lead to a jobs shift toward medical science and care, just as some jobs are being replaced by AI and various forms of automation. u/tigwd