25 Things That Seem Normal Now But May Lose Public Approval In The Next 25 Years

Published 4 months ago

Roy Amara, an American futurist, is renowned for coining Amara’s Law, which states: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Building on this concept, a Reddit user with the handle Every_Cartoonist3965 initiated a discussion on the platform, asking, “What is normal now but won’t be in 25 years?” The post prompted users to share their predictions about aspects of contemporary life that may undergo significant changes over the next quarter-century.

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#1 Hopefully, influencers.

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#2 Affordable college. Most degrees don’t need students to be in a brick and mortar building, I hope in 25 years the cost of college is significantly cut down.

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#3 Hopefully workplace abuse. ? f**k blind following in the workplace, especially unethical or common sense immoral actions.

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#4 The thin illusion of privacy

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#5 We’re slowly seeing paperwork die out in hospitals as nurses. I often think about down the line when employees will think it’s crazy I worked when they still used paper. Everything is online now.

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#6 I hope it will be single use plastic

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#7 Young adults having the ability to read and write. Gen Z is functional, but Gen A seems to be severely behind in their academics and they don’t care.

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#8 56754 different streaming services which amount to more than anyone ever paid for cable

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#9 Owning things. Everything is slowly turning to digital or subscription models

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#10 Being smart/well read.

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#11 Hopefully family vloggers

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#12 TikTok “influencers” sharing their kids daily lives ?

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#13 At the rate things are going probably being able to use water whenever we want.

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#14 The current s**t of an education system

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#15 The current shorelines.  The beachfront is going to be moving inland a ways

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#16 Hopefully, animal abuse and neglect. I feel like we’re moving really slow, but every once in a while there’s a big change for the better.

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#17 The 40 hour workweek

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#18 Long commutes, hopefully

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#19 The sad: glaciers and snow during winter

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The good: single use plastic and 5 day work week

The pessimistic: civilization

The optimistic: nuclear threat

#20 Where I live: snow

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#22 Broccoli head haircuts. People are totally going to look back at them and laugh or cringe.

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#23 Octogenarians in office.

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#24 Probably a lot of the insects and wildlife around you, basically anything that doesn’t thrive by eating trash the way raccoons and crows do.

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Even if not every species goes extinct, we may soon live in a world where few have ever actually seen a butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, toad, firefly, etc. simply existing outside. Just like how many of us today have never actually looked up and seen a sky full of stars and the Milky Way, thanks to light pollution.

#25 Retiring

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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