What do you think people will be nostalgic for in 50 years?

What little privacy we have left?

Clean air and water?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, now won’t we…?

And in the meantime, let’s see what AskReddit users had to say about this.

1. That’s kind of scary.


I was just telling my wife that I haven’t seen one of those small white butterflies for the entire year and we’re already getting into fall.

I remember as a kid our yard would have at least 4 at any given time.”

2. I don’t like this idea.


Imagine a world where all vehicles are automated.

It would be so “retro” to manually drive a car down to the shops.”

3. Unblockable.

“Adblock/skippable ads.

In the future decade I can see repeatable unblockable ads becoming mainstream in places like YouTube, Netflix, etc…”

4. Privacy.

“I’ve watched privacy disappear and it’s sad.

I feel like in the future, real privacy will be a luxury only afforded by the very rich and hermits.”

5. Hard to get away.

“I’d say people will miss being uncontactable.

Like back in the day, you could just go to your bedroom, and block the rest of the world away for a couple of hours.

Now we’ve got video calls, phone calls, texts, emails. Ugh.”

6. Depressing.

“Human-made art and music without the use of AI.

Or even just knowing it was made without the use of AI tools like DALL-E 2 or similar.

Kind of like how before Autotune you knew for certain a singer could sing that way.”

7. Bleak.

“The price of energy, groceries, and we will think fondly of the time we still had bees and other pollinators.”

8. Yuck.

“Story. Narrative.

There is no build-up anymore. Nobody has patience to see a good plot being constructed.

Everyone wants payoff in 10 seconds.”

9. Frightening.

“Coronavirus 19.

In 50 years will have a much more insane version of a pandemic and will long for the days when we could simply sit at home and be fine.”

10. Awful.

“68% drop in wildlife count since 1970.

Like, all of it. Fish, birds, insects, mammals.

You name it, humanity is k**ling it.”

11. Annoying.

“Being able to just use your remote to flip between channels.

With NFL football moved to Amazon Prime on Thursday, and other spots moving to ESPN+, Apple+ and other streaming services, just flipping around is taking the David Banner, slow walk from the Incredible Hulk TV show.”

12. The old days…

“The suburbs. No way those things survive as the primary form of housing.

But our kids and grandkids will think “Wow pop pop! You grew up in a 2,500 square foot house! That’s crazy, I wish we had that.””

What do you think about this?

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Thanks a lot!