I adapted this from one of those roving e-mail messages. I am sorry to say I do not know the original author so I can not give credit. Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come……..
- The Post Office. The US Post Office is so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
- The Check. How many checks do you process in the office every day? How does that compare to the number of checks you processed ten years ago? Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
- The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. Newspapers will go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. If you do see a newspaper, look at the ads. They are all aimed at old people. Hearing aids, retirement homes, dentures and the like.
- The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I love books as well, but e-book readers quickly learn that the magical experience of getting lost in a great story is still there. The e-book experience is just a little different, not bad just slightly different. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. Of course as books disappear so will book stores.
- The Land Line Home Telephone. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes. Office land lines still have value and are used for things other than phone calls like faxes and credit cards. However the Internet and services like Skype but will eventually replace land line office phones as well.
- Network Television.Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. The old paradigm of a network lineup of shows that are available only at the time the network decrees is done for. The people will choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
- The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very 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. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof
- Privacy. 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, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.