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Futuristic question -- fill in the blank in 50 years: "I can't believe there used to be a time when ______"?

Asked by bob_ (19158 points ) June 23rd, 2011

Pretty straight forward. Imagine it’s the year 2061: how do you think you’d answer (or would like to answer) this question?

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rockfan's avatar

We got our mail into a box from a white truck – in front of our lawn.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I cared about matching shoes.

Paul's avatar

we had to drive, I couldn’t live without my teleporter

atlantis's avatar

I can’t believe there used to be a time when women were discriminated against due to gender and racism was the rule.

jrpowell's avatar

Gays couldn’t get married. Kinda like how it blows my mind the coloreds had to sit at the back of the bus when my mom was a kid.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

People kept thick paper directories in their homes of other people’s private names, addresses and phone numbers. You could look up anyone you wanted and call them or know where they lived or where their business was located.

erichw1504's avatar

people used physical storage media, like CDs and thumb drives. The cloud is where all our information is now.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

First of I would be amazed I was still alive.

“I can’t believe there used to be a time when you could not marry your cousin, siblings, of multiple other spouses.”

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

…the miracle of existence occured.

bob_'s avatar

I can’t believe there used to be a time when people believed in miracles.

YoBob's avatar

…you actually had to purchase disposable power cells to power small electronic devices.

atlantis's avatar

@bob_ that may be a bit farther off. Like a millennium away. When we can actually re-wire our own brain’s electric grid to not believe in miracles.

Sarcasm's avatar

…the majority of the world was religious.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

…like it or not @bob, atheist or not, the fact that any of us are here right now is nothing short of miraculous..

erichw1504's avatar

people couldn’t pick-and-choose all the traits of their children during pregnancy.

ucme's avatar

A woman had never been president

LuckyGuy's avatar

…. the medical profession removed body parts to cure cancer.

erichw1504's avatar

Fluther was just a little Q&A site. Now it rivals Google and Facebook.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

…“we put a rifle into the hands of a young man, send him to a land that he’s never been, to kill a person he’s never met, for a cause he doesn’t understand, to enforce the agenda of those he’ll never benefit from.”
McKenna (paraphrased)

Cruiser's avatar

They actually ate real animals!

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

…locks existed.

yes I have great hopes of utopian society in the future

Paul's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies We can all hope, we can all hope.

mazingerz88's avatar

…my dick could actually stand up straight.

erichw1504's avatar

people died of cancer.

filmfann's avatar

People actually used to get their teeth drilled?
They didn’t just use dental-lights?

mazingerz88's avatar

…Sarah Palin used to see Russia from her window.

FutureMemory's avatar

People corrected their vision by wearing framed lenses on their head.

TexasDude's avatar

Myspace was popular.

erichw1504's avatar

skinny jeans were a fad.

Kardamom's avatar

That cigarettes were legal to produce and that people actually thought that smoking was cool.

erichw1504's avatar

humans worked. Now we have robots to do everything, thanks SKYNET.

_zen_'s avatar

People wore sandals without socks.

MilkyWay's avatar

We used hand-held mobile phones.
Link

mazingerz88's avatar

…Fluther was just a website. Now it’s the United States of Fluther.

mazingerz88's avatar

@queenie Yes, future Madam President Queenie, I’m sure you do. : )

flutherother's avatar

Nearly everyone had their own car. How odd!

erichw1504's avatar

America was only 14 trillion dollars in debt, now it’s at 189 trillion.

YoBob's avatar

and then there is the pessimistic view:

…people used to be able to inhabit the surface of the planet without bio-domes and could walk outside without the need for environment suits.

King_Pariah's avatar

wiped their asses with paper.

Paul's avatar

@King_Pariah How do you use the three sea shells? :P

King_Pariah's avatar

Well I don’t when I’m drunk, I intend to keep that hole a virgin.

downtide's avatar

…tigers and elephants lived in the wild.

faye's avatar

There was physical money.

mazingerz88's avatar

…Fox News was Fair and Balanced. ( Yeah, right. )

FutureMemory's avatar

People went to prison for non-violent crimes.

erichw1504's avatar

marijuana was illegal.

mattbrowne's avatar

When I had to use the Unix ed line editor in 1983 because the system couldn’t handle that many vi sessions for all the computer science freshmen.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I can’t believe people actually sat in front of a computer to network. It’s so much more interesting interacting with them in the holo-room!

bob_'s avatar

For a second I thought that said “homo-room”. I was all “um, yeah, I think I’m gonna pass”. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@bob_ LOL! You know me better than that! Hey…I just ate a samwich. But we didnt’ have any meat left. I just had a Swiss cheese and ‘Merican chees samwich. I thought of you and how mad you’d be! Now give me a GA.

bob_'s avatar

@Dutchess_III NO WAY JOSÉ!

dabbler's avatar

There used to be a time when you didn’t already know what I’m thinking.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That happens now, @dabbler. It’s called a “Wife.”

dabbler's avatar

Holy cow you’re right @Dutchess_III !
I guess I was thinking more of intentional communications.
She seems to know whether I know she knows or not.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Ooooof course she does, @dabbler! Ya’ll ain’t rocket science, ya know!

erichw1504's avatar

you had to go to the store to buy stuff, now we just order everything online.

Paul's avatar

@erichw1504 Can’t you already do that?

erichw1504's avatar

@Paul True, maybe I should have worded it differently:

there were stores to buy stuff at, now we can only buy everything online.

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