We take many aspects of modern life for granted in this digital age, but some elements will soon pass into history. What will we be nostalgic for in fifty years? Here are some of the things we might miss in the future.
1. Stable Weather
While we’re already seeing some changes in our weather now, we expect in 50 years, it might be even worse. Who knows if there will still be four seasons?
Driverless cars might dominate the roads, and we will miss getting behind the wheel. There’s already a boom of driverless vehicles in San Francisco!
3. The Sound of Cars
It’s not just the drivers that our forum would miss. With so many hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, the lack of noise might be weird one day.
4. Staying off Grid
Some people feel we would all miss a time when we were uncontactable. The ability to go “off the grid” just isn’t an option for most of us, even now. Of course, there is a certain irony about bemoaning this fact on an online platform.
5. Clean Water
It’s not the most comforting thought, but this is a big worry for many people down the line.
6. Having Relationships With Someone Who Isn’t a Robot
While people may joke about it, it’s something to think about. Will relations with real people start to die out? The movie Her is an excellent example of this happening!
7. Handwritten Notes
Many are already nostalgic for this. Remember how excited you were to get a thank you note or maybe even a love letter? Those days are rapidly dying out.
8. Real Movies
The future of film production was heavily under the spotlight. The majority of future movies will likely be made entirely from computer graphics. There’s also the fear that AI will also take over our movies!
Do you think we’ll be nostalgic for smartphones in the future? Products like Google Glass or cyber chips could both be tangible replacements, but maybe they would make life easier like our phones do nowadays.
10. Eating Meat
The financial cost of animal farming and the knock-on effect on the environment are in the headlines. Some people feel that we would all be eating lab-grown meat in the future and miss the real thing.
11. Physical Books
There was a feeling among people that digital books would wipe out the real thing in fifty years. Some people think our eyesight would be so bad after spending days in front of a screen that we wouldn’t be able to read anything at all.
12. Human Creativity
Many people are concerned about the rise of AI. With software now able to create art and literature, would there be any need for writers, painters, and poets in future years? It’s a sad thought, and we could be nostalgic for that human touch.
We’re already becoming a cashless society, and some people would miss holding notes and coins in their hands.
Could nostalgia become a thing of the past? Some respondents felt so, but it’s a riddle to suggest you could be nostalgic for nostalgia.
15. The Usual Stuff
Fifty years from now, we’ll still be nostalgic about the simple things. As we grow older, it seems we always think back to “simpler times” and miss the ways of our childhoods and the idyllic times. Maybe it’s just our memories playing tricks on us.
In today’s world, privacy is getting harder and harder for us. This is especially true for children who have had their entire lives put online from the day they were born. In the future, there will probably be even less privacy than we have now.
17. Seeing Animals in the Wild
There might be a time when we don’t see wild animals as often as we do now. We might only get to see a wild animal here and there and have to go to zoos to see any at all.
We now have push-to-start cars and houses with keypads to get in, and in the future, we’ll see physical keys less and less.
Riding-sharing apps have already put pressure on taxis in major cities, and one day, we might not have any at all. We’ll be telling our kids when yellow cars flooded the streets of cities.
20. Having Textbooks
We all remember dragging around physical textbooks when we were younger, but in the future, textbooks might be a thing of the past. Technology will keep improving, and we won’t have people with physical books anymore.
Matt is a journalist who began his career writing for print media in the 1990s. After filing cricket reports for local newspapers, he contributed to many periodicals in the spheres of sport, collecting, and food and drink. Having attended hundreds of concerts and sporting events, he now focuses on music as well as sport, and is happy to have lasted through to the digital age.