13 Things That Will Become a Part of Your Everyday Life in Just 10 Years
Try to remember what kind of life we used to have in 2009. Most people were still not using the internet, social networks were entertainment for students and school kids only, and the world was saying goodbye to messengers like ICQ (“I Seek You”) and QIP (Quiet Internet Pager), and saying hi to Skype. At the same time, humankind got a vaccine against HIV, the Large Hadron Collider, the iPhone 3GS, and various models of electronic books. We started to travel more, divorce more, and fall in love faster, forgetting about our obligations. So what is waiting for us in the upcoming decade?
Bright Side investigated the tendencies that scientists are currently speaking about and is eager to share the most interesting conclusions about what kind of future we are building today.
People will share housing. Marriage won’t be a hindrance.
We will live in a shared communal apartment to feel needed. People are starting to rent a big apartment with friends instead of renting something alone, more and more often. The interest toward co-living mirrors the lifestyle shown on the Friends TV series, where roommates spend leisure time together and support and help each other. This tendency is continuing to grow.
People are running away from loneliness. The main aspect here is not the financial benefit, but a need for communication. Unlike a traditional family, there are no obvious leaders in this model, the rights and conditions are equal for everyone, and there is a feeling of people’s own relevance and significance for the commune.
Professor Wendy Gamber thinks that co-living appeared in the 19th century when loners, who were not able to find a partner or who lost their partners, preferred not to go back to their parents’ house, but instead chose to live with people with similar interests. Today, an interest in this lifestyle is gradually changing society itself, contributing to the disappearance of some gender differences like:
- A new common toilet is appearing instead of separate toilets for ladies and gentlemen.
- The delineation of duties and household chores for men and women is disappearing, which results in little importance of whether a woman can cook, or whether a man can hammer a nail. The more important thing is the compatibility of their individual characters.
- Clothes have become gender-neutral: women prefer to wear trousers more often, men don’t feel shy wearing pink and enhancing their body shape with tight clothing.
- The concept of unisex cosmetics is appearing — like lip balms, anti-wrinkle creams, and foundations made for both men and women.
Children will be a luxury unavailable for many.
In the early 2000s, every third child was still unintended. Count 9 months from your birthday — it’s likely that the day of your conception coincides with a holiday or a weekend. At those times the conditions didn’t matter so much — giving birth to a kid was a woman’s lifetime goal.
Today kids are not that affordable. It has become a more conscious choice of couples who are physically healthy, have strong relationships, some kind of savings, and their own housing. At the same time, professor Sarah Harper thinks that declining birth rates are not a bad sign. Thanks to technological progress and artificial intelligence, we already have unmanned vehicles and stores without cashiers with payment through an application, we won’t need cheap labor to serve this world anymore.
In 10 years, the computer will replace humans in many spheres. And while developing countries are still focused on the number of people in their populations and are trying to increase the birth rates, developed countries are paying more attention to a quality upbringing and education.
On the other hand, if today’s countries are depriving parents of the rights to their children, tomorrow humanity might start to issue permits by which only those who are physically, psychologically, and financially able to give a baby a decent life can give birth to a child.
Higher education will only be for geniuses and careerists.
Today you can build a career by only having a high school education. Studying at university is no longer considered a path to a highly-paid job and a decent life.
You can start your life over from scratch at any moment. We consider it normal when a person gives up a highly-paid job at 40, masters the basics of culinary arts, and starts to work as chef’s assistant, spending the whole day in the kitchen and getting a much smaller paycheck for their work. 20 or 30 years ago this person would’ve been perceived as a silly egoist.
The educational system has changed too. School kids show their talents and get a place at a university in advance or are given an opportunity to engage in scientific activities at school. Other kids are recommended to spend one or 2 years working somewhere to understand what career they want to build and get a higher or professional education after making a decision about their career.
People will want to use things, but not own them.
The concept of private property is fading away. We live in a sharing economy — which is when we pay for the temporary use of things instead of buying them. The popularity of carsharing services has brought us to the fact that people have started to buy fewer cars. Based on this, Volvo started to offer annual subscriptions for a new car, where you’ll have to pay for using a new car on a monthly basis, while the company will finance the service fees.
Right now you can:
- Get products at food banks for free
- Give a ride to people in carpools or exchange homes with other people for vacation time
It used to just be a fantasy before. But in tomorrow’s world, living life as a renter and sharing conveniences will become the norm and perhaps will lead us to the appearance of a new currency based on the behavior of people. The more benefits a person brings to society, the more available those conveniences will become for them. This system is already being tested in China.
The standards of beauty are changing too.
Men will prefer women with a pumped up booty and pay less attention to their breasts. Today, cosmetics and plastic surgery are so affordable that they allow women to easily change their appearance. In response to that, men have started to change their preferences as well — they show more interest in the representatives of the feminine gender who prefer a more natural look, take care of themselves, play sports and study, and look healthy in contrast to the artificial young ladies from Instagram.
Mirrors, tattoos, and toilet bowls — doctors will monitor your health and use you for experiments with the help of these things.
More and more inventions continue appearing to diagnose your health so that doctors always have full access to data about your well-being and can start treatment in time:
- Toothbrushes will monitor your brushing technique and capture the state of your mouth in an app, tracking when you need to make an appointment with the dentist.
- Tattoos will change color in response to changes in blood sugar.
- Mirrors will analyze the condition of the skin and select the proper care.
- Fitness trackers will monitor heart function and pressure and call an ambulance if necessary.
- Toilet bowls that analyze waste products and transmit data to doctors if any irregularities are detected are already being designed.
Today free access to the DNA results from millions of people around the world who had their blood tested to find out their nationality gives scientists an opportunity to create new medicine and find innovative methods of treatment investigating the variety of people’s genes. Just imagine what a jump medicine will make if researchers get data about the health condition of millions of people (young and old, healthy and sick) from around the world.
There will be no dentures or cavities.
Drills, fillings, and pastes that restore enamel are going to get replaced by gels that allow you to grow artificial enamel right on your tooth, ultrasonic toothbrushes in the form of drops that clean your entire mouth in seconds, and medicines that make your teeth grow and recover in a way any other bone in our body does.
Things will be made of garbage.
Fashion is already becoming eco-friendly — some brands award buyers with a discount for turning in old clothes, others create their own collections from garbage. Many celebrities try to support these trends. For example, Meghan Markle is a fan of a company that produces its footwear from recycled plastic bottles.
Exoskeletons and artificial organs will be used as a way to prolong life.
The development of biomechanics and robotics has given us prostheses that can be controlled by the power of thought, neurostimulators that turn ideas into words, and exoskeletons, thanks to which, people with disabilities, as well as older people, can actively move and lead a full life.
Scientists from Tel Aviv University have gotten one step closer and started to print complex organs like hearts and kidneys on a 3D printer with the help of stem cells. Thanks to this, people will be able to replace sick organs and body parts with artificial ones. It will help to prolong our lifespan and increase its quality.
Vegetables will grow on buildings, while meat grows in labs.
Vertical farming lets us save space when growing crops that we harvest. Conceived as an element of the urban environment, they can become an addition to any housing complex in the future. In this case, each high-rise building will end up having its own orchard and garden, providing people with fresh products throughout the year. This novelty will be complemented with affordable artificially grown meat made from the cells of real animals and turned into cutlets or juicy ground meat by scientists.
The culture of eating will change too. We are moving toward the rejection of convenience and processed foods and reducing the amount of meat products we eat. In many countries, people even have “Mondays without meat.”
We will probably begin to eat insects, which are a source of cleaner and more easily digestible protein, following the example of some Asian countries.
Everyone will get paid, but only the smartest will continue working.
According to sociologists, guaranteed basic income is a part of our future. Drivers, administrators, travel agents, and even accountants will be replaced by computers. Therefore, more profit can be expected by lowering staff costs and increasing work efficiency. It will help allot a guaranteed income that will let each individual live a comfortable life.
Those who will want to increase the level of their lives will have to devote themselves to work and education to become a sought-after unique specialist in a certain sphere.
There will be no place for traditional love.
The internet has already changed the way we find partners and build relationships with them. Earlier, a traditional marriage was just the beginning of getting acquainted with another person, today — it’s the final point that people come to after getting to know each other well enough. We are changing — some people live together and don’t plan to get married officially, others choose guest marriages, other ones stay single, not interested in creating a family or having kids.
There is an opinion saying we are slowly moving toward polygamy, that each person will soon have several partners at the same time with whom they will share their time periodically. Traditional marriages and unions, where people spend more than 3-5 years, will become as rare as couples that have lived more than 25 years together today.
You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t harm society.
You won’t need to be afraid to be yourself. It’s not society that forms the personality, but vice versa. People strive for self-expression, they are not afraid to look stupid, and don’t hesitate to indulge in their desires. It doesn’t matter what size of clothes you are wearing, whether you prefer a skirt or trousers, or what talents you possess. Day-by-day we are getting closer to the realization that the task of the future world is to enable every person to feel happy.
The main rule is: as long as your quirks don’t harm other people, you are free to do whatever you want. However, if you refuse vaccines that don’t have any medical contraindications, you might get denied access to the conveniences of the modern world — your kids won’t be able to go to school and you might be turned down when applying for work. This freedom should stay in the frames of sensible limitations.
What is waiting for us in 10 years, in your opinion? Share your idea of the world in 2029 in the comments!