It is inevitable that things will change. Change can sometimes be beneficial but it can also be detrimental. It is a fact of life. With the ever-growing and advancing technology, there are some things of the past that we now consider as obsolete. The typewriter has long since been replaced by the computer and basic dumbphones whose sole purpose was to just make phone calls replaced by smartphones that can pretty much do anything nowadays.
Change is the only constant thing in this world, and those who adjust to it will be the ones who thrive. With that being said, according to Mohan Guruswamy a renowned author the following is a list of common things that might go into obscurity in the following years.
- Post Office
It is very likely that we will be living in a world where postal services have completely disappeared. It wouldn’t be a wild thing to say that most of the mail you receive nowadays is just junk mail and bills. Even so, there are still many people who, due to their location, disability, age, or some other reason, cannot rely on electronic media to deliver to them what they receive in the mail.
We are way beyond the days of paying for items by cheque, and the future generation may never use a paper cheque ever again. The majority of young people today rarely use cheques. A decade from now, the idea itself may seem absurd. Even if cheques disappear, money orders can be used in place of cheques by those who must send payments by mail.
Readership has been steadily declining with an accompanying decline in revenue for newspapers. As newspapers struggle to contend with declining readership and advertising revenue, a rising tide of troubles seems impossible to overcome. Newspapers will likely cease to exist in hard copy and completely move to digital form within the next few years.
Nowadays, it’s more convenient to read books from mobile devices, tablets, and computers, thanks to digital formats like EPUB and MOBI. There is a possibility that books may become obsolete within a decade. However, it is also worth noting that some readers have switched away from their Kindles and gone back to flipping printed pages to experience the true joy of reading.
- Landline Phones
There’s no denying the widespread use of smartphones in the world. The trend isn’t just affecting youngsters anymore as a growing number of older adults are cutting the cord on their landlines and only using their phones. With the sheer dominance of smartphones in our day and age, there’s not much reason to still have a landline in your household anymore.
While the complete disappearance of music might seem unlikely, if you look at it from a broad perspective you can tell that music hasn’t been the same as it used to be. People believe that music is dying not solely because of illegal downloading but also due to a lack of innovative new music that is being presented to those who are looking for it. People also believe that greed and corruption within the industry are also part of the problem.
- Cable TV
Over time, as more households use streaming services than traditional television packages, subscribing to an expensive cable will seem relatively old-fashioned. According to experts, another 25 million subscribers will switch to OTT video streaming by the end of 2025. About 25 million subscribers have already ditched cable since 2012. It is now also possible to stream live television and sporting events.
- Your Possessions
The things that you use and carry every day may not be used by you anymore in the future. It is speculated that people will no longer need to carry credit and debit cards or cash in general due to the rapid growth of digital payments. Another example would be your keys; they are not only bulky and heavy but they are also difficult to copy and easy to lose. Therefore, people are installing electronic door locks that eliminate the need for keys.
- Cursive handwriting
The number of people who use cursive writing on a daily basis has steadily decreased over the years. We no longer write as much as we once did due to the use of computers, and only some schools attempt to teach handwriting to the next generation in a cursory manner. There is a good chance that many young people won’t be able to read older documents written in traditional cursive writing.
- Your Privacy
It’s better to assume that you have no privacy if you are online, and you should act accordingly. Web site product managers, marketers, hackers, and others are tracking and logging every mouse click and keystroke. Besides that, you can find cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even on your computer and cell phone.