Over time, everything changes. That’s why twenty years from now, certain items we take for granted today might vanish, likely to disappear and become a thing of the past. Just think about the Walkman and typewriters, for example. In this ever-changing world, it’s interesting (and sometimes terrifying!) to think about things that might be gone in the decades to come. From smartphones to credit cards, here are some things that might be gone before you know it.
Common Keys, Make Way For The Smart Lock
For some people, their key rings hold up to ten keys. It’s horrible, bulky, and can get extremely heavy in either a pocket or a purse. Not to mention, leaving spare keys under doormats or a fake rock in the corner isn’t as “safe” as it used to be.
The good news is that common keys are phasing out, making way for the more modern smart lock. These digital locks have a coded keypad and come with an application to lock and unlock your home from the car!
Streaming Services Are Taking Over Cable Television
According to Cutting the Cord’s statistics, less than 20% of US households pay for cable television, a meager 25.3 million homes compared to 2018’s 90.3 million. While cable television used to be in virtually every home across the country, many people just aren’t willing to pay for it anymore.
With streaming services such as Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, and many more, paying for cable is beginning to feel like a foreign concept. Fast forward 20 years, and it wouldn’t be surprising if cable TV disappeared altogether. Or Goren, editor of Cord Busters, believes “Netflix, Disney+ and the other big ones will become the ‘new’ cable companies.”
Smartphones Will Phase Out…Eventually
It might seem odd, considering billions of people own a smartphone, but they might begin to phase out in about 20 years. Don’t worry; the world isn’t going to take away people’s lifelines. They’re just going to make them smaller and easier on peoples’ fingers and eyes.
According to Andrew Moore-Crispin, director of content at mobile service provider Ting Mobile, “users could be equipped with small, connected devices on their head, wrist, etc., allowing them to stay connected and perform every conceivable task without having to press a button.”
Facial Recognition And Fingerprints Will Take Over Passwords
Arguably one of the most annoying things is trying to get into an account but forget the password. While companies such as LastPass have made it easier on people who tend to misplace their passwords, the entire concept of a password will dwindle in the next few years.
With technology advancements, facial recognition and even fingerprints will be more commonplace, with actual type-in passwords being considered “archaic” and unacceptable, especially for businesses, in about 20 years.
Digital Payment Will Replace Debit And Credit Cards
Say goodbye to that extra piece of plastic in your wallet. In about 20 years, experts believe credit cards will be a thing of the past. Don’t worry, though; the disappearance of physical cards isn’t going to be the end of the world.
It’s solely because technology is rapidly evolving, and concepts like digital payments are becoming more widely available, such as Apple Pay, Pay Pal, Venmo, and even Zelle. The best part about this transition is there would be no more losing, forgetting, or misplacing a card!