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Welcome to the 2020’s!! Whereas the 1920’s were roaring with music, fashion, cars, speak-easy’s, and prohibition, the 2020’s will be no less dramatic. Expect a high speed roller coaster with exponential changes across the board in all industries, jobs, housing, schooling, technology and relationships. Whether we like it or not, this is where I believe we’re heading……
- Education – most schools will be online, similar to Ready Player One in which a student logs in from home and enters a “virtual classroom” each morning. Afternoons will be designated for sports, exercise and team projects.
- Teacher glut – As schools move more towards online, one teacher can teach to multiple virtual classrooms at the same time. Chat rooms will be staffed by educators who will answer student’s questions individually. But teacher to student ratio can be widened, allowing school districts to hire less staff.
- Half of all US employees will be working from home.
- Commercial real estate glut – as more businesses use online platforms, and employees work from home, less office space will be needed, trimming bottom lines for corporations who don’t want to spend extra for rent, cleaning, utilities and security.
- Recession will begin mid-decade
- Trump will be reelected in 2020 but Pence will fail to win the Presidency in 2024 resulting in the White House turning Democrat mid decade.
- A female President or Vice President will elected
- Men’s and Women’s restrooms will be renamed as “Restrooms” allowing any gender to use the facilities
- Medicine will become socialized as a Democratic executive branch will implement a public option or buy-in to Medicare/Medicaid, with tight rules to curb healthcare spending.
- Telemedicine will be your primary care provider with allowances to see a doctor in person if certain criteria are met.
- Drones will be delivering medicine, packages, mail to your door
- Anorexia and other eating disorders will rise as “intermittent fasting” becomes more popular
- New superbugs, viruses and fungi will be resistant to the best of our medications and non antibiotic/viral/fungal treatments will be perfected.
- Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers (those born after 2000) will choose to get married
- Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers will have a car
- Apartment and condo living will surpass single family residence homes as there is less upkeep and commitment during a trying economy.
- The 4-year college degree will be offered for free, but online and useless due to its ubiquity
- Virtual TV show watching, where you can engage within the scene, will surpass current streaming of shows in popularity
- Currency will be obsolete as cards and finger prints will be used for money exchange
- Kiosks will replace most salespeople in retail industry
- A younger “teen” porn industry will arise as kids outsmart parental controls and demand footage devoid of middle-aged actors but casting those in their young twenties….with companies marketing directly to young adults.
- Some seniors may live to 125-130 years old
- Marijuana use will become epidemic with people becoming tolerant to common strains resulting in needing more potent leaves.
- Vegetarian and Vegan diets will surpass meat and potato saturated meals
- “Farting rooms” will be created in buildings to allow those who are eating more vegetables to release their gas.
- Smart toilets and do it yourself testing will be in every household
- The Supreme Court will weigh in on mandatory vaccines
- Baby Yoda will have a Star Wars Movie Series
- Radio will be stronger than ever as people want to hear real opinions
- TV News programs will begin to fall as demand for non-opinionated factual news rises
- The Dallas Cowboys will make it to the Superbowl at least once; the Kansas City Chiefs…multiple times.
I know some of these sound crazy but this is where society is heading. The 2020’s will be fast paced, and blow right by you, so hold on to your hats….which by the way will also be making a comeback.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.