You may find some of these things to be surprising! Here are ten things that will disappear in our lifetime.
Snail mail is so deep in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. E-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post offices alive. Most of your mail everyday is just junk mail and bills. Online bill payment options, mobile technologies and social networking for minimum costs will further put the nail in the post office coffin.
It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.
The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a delivered print edition. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
You say you will never give up the physical book you hold in your hand. You can browse a bookstore online and read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half of a real book. Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service and for those intrusive “telemarketing” calls.
Illegal downloading and piracy have just about killed record labels. Getting music out in new and innovative ways through technology will be the survival tactic.
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. People are watching TV and movies streamed from computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4.5 minutes. Now, with DVR recording, many viewers skip right through those pesky advertisements and are watching shows in half the time.
Many of the possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your “whatever” from any laptop or handheld device.
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates. If you buy something, your transaction is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads change to reflect your purchasing habits.
The way we use our time, supplement our time, and cherish our time has changed. Time that used to be spent chasing phone calls and trying to “reach” people has been replaced with technology. Emails and texting have shown to save “time”. Drive time is now supplemented with “talk time”. Doing two things at once is now the new normal. Some call it a distracted society, some call it a new level of efficiency.
Do you agree? What do you think will disappear in your lifetime?