What did the people from 1923 predict about our society in 2023?
So a century ago, scientists and sociologists made predictions about how life would look like in our current year, 2023. And they printed these entries in newspapers.
See some of their predictions below and discover what came true, and what did not.
No More Hard Work in 2023
Obviously the #1 thing that NEVER came true. If only this prediction became a reality, we would have plenty of time on our hands. Although this may be true for some, this is not the case for regular tax-paying workers. Seems like a hundred years later, this is still our reality (well, for most Filipinos at least).
Women will blacken their teeth and shave their heads
While we have our personal preferences when it comes to our looks, this prediction about beauty has not happened (as of this writing lol). Still, women are free to shave their heads whenever they feel like it. Besides, it’s 2023. We live in a society where we have the freedom to do whatever we want to make ourselves feel beautiful. And, thankfully, many people are already saying no to toxic beauty standards.
All people will be beautiful
As a continuation of what’s written above, beauty cannot be defined by one absolute meaning. We’re all beautiful in our own ways. While that is true, beauty pageants are still relevant up to these days and have their specific qualifications.
Life expectancy will be 100 years
As of this writing, life expectancy is certainly not 100 in many countries (including ours). However, in some rare cases, people do survive up to their 100th year.
This prediction actually came true. Looking back, it would be weird to think that we’ll be having conversations through our watches. But smart watches were made available to the market (thanks to the wonderful minds of the techies).
Men will curl their hair
Although not all, there are some men who prefer to perm their hair. Remember when perming became a trend in PH? Most of our male friends went their way to the salon to perm their hair. Yes, it did happen. But that doesn’t justify the prediction as curling/perming still relies on men’s personal preference.
Newspapers will have been out of business for 50 years
It’s true that we have already entered the digital age, however, newspapers aren’t totally scrapped. News publications still print broadsheets, and some people still prefer reading a tangible newspaper.
Cancer will be eradicated
Cancers and other illnesses, unfortunately, have not been totally eradicated (though we wish for this to happen). But despite that fact, some advancements and studies have been made in the medical field to defeat cancer all throughout the years.
Reading through these predictions is somewhat entertaining, right? It’s fun to discover how people from the past perceive what could happen in the future.
That’s all because we know for a fact that we cannot ever predict what the future holds. All we can do is hope for a better year, for all of us.
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