In the next few years, things are going to change. You may be thinking, well of course! Of course they’re going to change! But things are getting old and believe it or not, may dissapear in the next few years.
10. Facebook May Already Be Disappearing
I know what you’re thinking. Facebook has been around for a while now, it’s huge, tons of people are on it. But if you think more carefully, MySpace was around before Facebook even began, and where has that gone? The answer – in the past. MySpace is still available to use of course, but people choose Facebook instead of it. Facebook, unlike MySpace contains games, feelings, pages and other features that MySpace does not provide. But sooner or later, someone is going to come up with an idea better than Facebook. But could it already be disappearing? Everyone knows what Twitter is, and it turns out that Twitter overtakes Facebook as the most popular social network for teens, according to a recent study and Instagram is also jumping up rapidly. Last year, Facebook was rated the most important by 42 per cent of teenagers but this year was only rated the most important by 23 per cent of them. Twitter was rated by 26 percent of teens as the most important. Teens told researchers that they do not like Facebook because of the amount of drama and that there are too many older users ‘over-sharing’. So it looks like Facebook is already disappearing.
9. Desktop Computers
Yes, it’s true! And as a true lover of computers myself, it pains me to say it. But to be honest, most websites are getting apps for tablets and nearly all of them have a mobile version of their website. The tech world always continues to grow, and has been for the past 30 years or so wildly. Tablets are becoming increasingly popular, and most people have the latest touch-screen phones with wi-fi, built in apps and a sleek design. Even laptops are becoming less popular, although like tablets, they are still portable. Things like Google Glass and Oculus Rift have already been invented, and of course we all know Siri. In the future, we may be speaking rather then searching. So yes, as painful as it is, desktop computers and even laptops may disappear in the next 5 years or so.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking this article is getting madder and madder, but let me convince you this is true. Paper may become handy in the best of times. As an actor, a script is useful. As a singer, a lyrics sheet is useful. As a business man, it’s also useful to print out documents. Most books are already available to purchase on your Apple devices or on your Amazon Kindle. As strange as it may seem, in the near future, possibly in the next ten or fifteen years, we’ll all be typing instead of writing. We may all be looking at scripts, lyrics and documents on our tablets and phones in the near future and paper may just disappear for good. In ten years time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish. Well, goodbye paper.
7. Landline Phones
Let’s all face it, this is an obvious one. Why will we need landline phones in the future? Everybody has a mobile phone, you can take it with you and use it. You can use it in the house. You can use it pretty much anywhere, unless your in a situation like perhaps a funeral. 2 in 3 households do not own a landline telephone, according to a recent poll, which surveyed 3,201 people in 68 provinces, showing that the increasingly widespread use of cellular phones and the increasing costs of maintaining a landline account contributed to the declining rates of landline telephone use. So it looks like we will definitely not be needing a home phone in the near future.
6. Internet Explorer
Google Chrome is currently the most used internet browser, with Internet Explorer dropping. Mozilla Firefox also is becoming increasingly popular. Internet Explorer, even though it has been updated an worked on still does not give us what we desire. It is slower that other browsers, and most browsers are more customisable, flexible and look a whole lot better. It’s extremely likely that in the next 5 years, Internet Explorer will most certainly be a gonner. I never liked it anyway!
5. Passwords And Passcodes
Think about it. We are definitely not going to need passwords in the future. To open locked doors, we’ll simply put our hand on a scanner. You can already unlock a phone or tablet just by finger scanning. I don’t really need to go into much detail with this, as this seems one of the most obvious ones, but it is still quite confusing to think we won’t be doing this in the near future.
BlackBerry is about to run out of its nine lives. As recently as 2008, BlackBerry, then operating as Research In Motion, had 19.5% of the global smartphone market. However, following Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and Google’s release of the Android mobile operating system in 2008, that figure fell to less than 1% by late 2013. Blackberry cannot survive on it’s own and therefore will die a slow death and will dissapear for good. Sorry all you Blackberry lovers!
Let’s face it, the younger generation, including me, just simply don’t read newspapers anymore. We don’t have any need for them. The news is always around us, even if we don’t want it to be. Google is always giving us news, so is Microsoft. If you use a device such as a tablet, phone or a computer, news gets around a lot quicker than it does by newspaper. Post offices might not even exist in the next 10 years. If we have no need for newspapers, what will be the need for a Post Office or a Newsagents? Too bad they’re gonna go though, I’ve always liked the smell of them.
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