When Reddit user u/moneybot posed a question, the internet was all too eager to answer and debate. Which ones do you think are most likely to come true?
Current social media habits. I'm not naive enough to think social media will cease to exist, but I'm hoping we become a bit more mindful in how we choose to engage with it.
The need for a 2 income household.
Rush hour traffic. Between telecommuting (reducing the number of physical commuters), better public transit, and the potential for self driving cars there is really no need for a 30 minute drive to take over an hour.
Payday loan companies.
Unaffordable housing. Either raise wages or force housing prices down. Or at least give people renting/housing credits so they can afford the exorbitant costs to live.
And no2rdifferent agrees:
I think it's a travesty that many young people are forced to rent. If someone has 10+ years as a renter and has a good credit score, there is no reason (besides greed) to deny them that security. My life became better when I transitioned to a mortgage (at 41).
That feeling of dread and hopelessness for the future. I miss the hopefulness and ambition of getting older and the future.
And it struck a chord with many Redditors, like ATCP2019:
Ok so its not only me? I used to be so excited about the future, even during my worst times. Now I'm doing the best I have ever done in life & can't get over the constant fear & anxiety of the future. I should feel excited & happy but my fear of failure is consuming me.
I’m a school teacher and I feel so guilty about encouraging my kids to graduate and “get a job”. Because we have no idea what the future holds anymore. Nothing is safe or guaranteed
Child beauty pageants.
Politicians focusing on issues that aren’t going to better the day in day out lives of most Americans.
To which zekeweasel responds:
Problem is, most Americans don't vote. That incentivizes politicians to pander to those who do vote, and the electorate is older, whiter, and more wealthy than the population as a whole.
Dark money in politics. Honorable mention: Entertainment companies that have 'news' in the title but broadcast people that 'no reasonable person would take seriously.'
The insane focus on culture war issues. I don't care about how Bud Light made an ad with Dylan Mulvaney or how upset republicans are about it and how they're boycotting, tell me about the politician who's advocating for legitimately free healthcare and let's focus on the discourse surrounding that. The culture wars have to be the worst thing about politics today.
The wealthy being above the law.
School shootings. :(
Volume-Alive speaks from experience:
My kid had his first active shooter lock down, not even a drill, but actually due to an active shooter, at age 2 at his daycare/preschool. Granted the shooting wasn’t inside of his building, but right near it.
Please, if you have to say something negative about this feeling and experience (saying it’s fear mongering, et cetera), by all means say it, but I really would like those to consider that once you are in that position, it’s hard to go back to feeling like it couldn’t happen.
At the end of the day, I am a parent who wants my kids to have every chance they want, especially to grow up, and whether someone else believes that this is an issue or not, if you have children that you care about, I think that desire is our common ground.
Pitiful wages that would keep even a recent college graduate with no debt living with his parents for years still because they can't afford to even rent a place.
Credit card debt. The 80’s ruined people with credit card usage and credit reporting….nasty system.