Did you know that the newspaper, the post office and television will all disappear in your lifetime?
Did you know that the newspaper, the post office and television will all disappear in your lifetime? So says the author of this forwarded email which has been making the rounds. Although a lot of it refers to the American market, it still makes you think – how much of what we take for granted is going to disappear?
1. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply don’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to start developing a model for paid subscription services.
2. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. 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. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.
3. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without post offices. They are in such deep financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain them long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office in America alive, and many other countries are going the same way. Most of your daily mail consists of junk mail and bills.
4. The Cheque
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheques by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This further contributes to the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail or received them by mail, the post office would go out of business.
5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. Many of the mobile phone companies will let you call customers using the same mobile provider for free.
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