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The rate of change in the world has accelerated to the point where some people find it hard to cope. Preparing ourselves to deal with these rapid advancements is in our best interest, and we can start doing that by trying to pinpoint how tomorrow might be different from yesterday.

Such reflection allows us to paint a clearer image of reality, empowering us to make informed decisions and navigate the evolving landscape with greater understanding.

To get started, Reddit user Staclear made a post on the platform last month, asking everyone on it: "What slowly went away in the past decade that no one noticed?" Here are the answers that people related to the most.

#1

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Finding a recipe online that doesn’t involve the author’s life story, author’s pet’s life story, and the author’s pet’s squeaky toy’s life story. 😂

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Basically any youtube video on diy fixes. Hate to see a 5min video for a 10 sec fix.

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#2

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Here's a good one: HIV/AIDS deaths have fallen through the floor, partly due to improvements in medication, but also thanks to a herculean effort by the international community in concert with major drug manufacturers, largely coordinated by PEPFAR.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Europe and North America, and there were still 13,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2021. Global total in the same year was 650,000.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Actually owning items without a subscription

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Speak for yourself! I generally refuse subscriptions. I still buy movies as Bluray/UHD disk and music on CD. I buy kindle books, but I refuse to subscribe for them. About the only subscription I have is Prime since it pays for itself with free shipping so the video streaming it provides is basically a bonus (and I rarely use it).

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#4

Consequences for blatant lies

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Decent quality clothes at affordable prices.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Decent quality clothes period. I'm not buying suoer expensive stuff like millionaires do, but the regular expensive stuff - like my Calvin Klein work dress from Macy's - I've bought 2. The hems of both completely fell out in a month.

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#6

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online The ability to buy a house as a young adult

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My wife and I have accepted the fact that we will never be able to buy a house again.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Insects. My car used to get covered with dead insects during the summer. Now, it’s just one or two every so often. Lightning bugs, butterflies, moths flying around my porch light. They’re all gone.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It has been more than 10 years since I've seen a firefly, and when I was kid, it used to be a light show in my granddad's garden.

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#8

A sense of shame. I'm looking at you obnoxious tik tokkers dancing in traffic.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

meh, I'm cool with people dancing as long as they are not obstructing anything. People who yell at kids in public, watch video's on loud volume without headphones or leave their rubbish everywhere, well, shame on them.

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#9

The intelligence of the average American. There's an awful lot of stupid people walking around these days.

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voicemail. Nobody bothers leaving one. I get about 1/10th the phone traffic I did a decade ago anyway, and people would rather text why they called now in lieu of a vm.

"text/don't call" is one of Millennials' greatest contributions to society.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whoever invented a way for voicemail to be automatically turned into text is a genius. I haven't checked my voicemail in YEARS.

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#12

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Color in public spaces. Everything is minimalist and grey now.

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#13

Objective journalism.

We used to know that some outlets were biased (Fox, NYT) but now for literally any story you have to: read between the lines of a conservative source, read between the lines of a liberal source to balance, read an independent Substack to see what both of them omitted... and its too much work to just find the basic facts of a story.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is such a garbage summary of how journalism works. Objectivity doesn't mean taking sides or not taking slides, it means, seeking and citing your sources and changing your viewpoint if the evidence points that way. The New York Times is a fantastic newspaper. There are consequences for their journalists if they write stories that are full of lies. They would write a correction or retraction if they make one little mistake. Things like Fox News are an entirely different animal. They don't fact check the vast majority of anything they say, and many of their opinion shows are labeled as news. This false equivalency stuff of "the right and the left are equally bad" is part of the problem. To insinuate that a fascist friendly American nationalist group is the same as an imperfect center left party makes no sense.

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#14

In general, "third spaces" esp. for like teens, i feel bad for them. Not too many indoor places you can just hang out without paying for something

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We used to hang out in diners and drink free coffee refills until the sun came up when I was a teen. #GothVibes

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#15

Being able to see the stars at night. I live in a small college town. I have to drive several miles to get far enough away from the light pollution to see anything.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am very thankful here we have one of the best places in the world for star gazing.

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#16

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online The middle class. You are now either rich, or poor

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#17

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Attention spans

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean there was that comment about how TVs would never catch on because Americans didn't have long enough attention spans. So I'm not sure this is a new thing.

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#18

Politeness. Not being d***s to random strangers.

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Ken Beattie
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are we talking in person or on the internet? Because anonymity seems to trigger the "I'm an a*****e" gene in most people. But for some reason if you talk to them in person they're much more subdued.

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#19

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Magazine shops. The ones that sold obscure magazines that you can’t get at Walmart or the grocery store or even the big box bookstore.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Our local newsagent closed down in the last six months. Too few people buying newspapers and magazines. And the other stuff like pens and stationary were dying too because kids (and adults) are using computers/tablets/phones more and more. I've also seen quite a few magazines now offer digital subscriptions so why even buy a paper copy anymore?

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#20

Free articles! Almost everything is behind a paywall nowadays

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think we have ever has access to as much free information as we do now.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online product reviews that is not an affiliate link

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They do exist. They just don't get the same hits. So you have to search harder to find them. Forums or discords are the best way to get genuine reviews. eg: Don't go to 4wdcampingdotcom, go to 4WDcampinngforumdotcom and look for comments from real people not influencers or professional reviewers. They may not be as well written but they're going to be more honest.

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#22

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Public pay telephones. Sucks for those in trouble that don't have a cell phone (with battery life).

Edit: Also sucks for Superman when he wants to make a quick clothing change.

Edit 2: It's cool that Australia turned theirs into free public phones.
And yes, I missed/ignored the "past decade" part of the question.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I n Australia, we still have them. The law requires that there must be a public phone network. A little while back, the operator (Telstra) decided that the money they took in and the effort of collecting it was not worth it, so now all public phones are free. Cost nothing to use.

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#23

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Privacy

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's going to get worse. Imagine being able to snap a pic and reverse image search the person across the bar. Within minutes you're in their social media posts. You've got the name of their kid/pet/whatever. This technology exists today and it's creepy as hell.

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#24

Privacy. Workers’ rights. Consumer rights. Americans’ sanity.

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#26

Lightning bugs.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online good Google search results

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#28

Over 10 000 unique species and several hundred unique natural habitats.

And that's probably a very conservative estimate...

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3 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Fun" fact: We're in the middle of a mass extinction event. The holocene mass extinction. And the current consensus is that it is largely anthropogenic. Though the exact amount is debated.

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#30

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Recording horizontally on your phone instead of vertically.

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#31

Land lines…products with quality…wood instead of particle board, leather, linen, cotton…what is that….food without fillers or preservatives…non cookie cutter bodies and faces…

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I rarely ever buy cake. But there was 8ne brand I always enjoyed so I bought one as a guilty pleasure lately. At first I thought it was just me getting older, but they have changed the packaging too so I started googling and lo and behold, their chocolate cake barely contains chocolate anymore. It's mostly replaced with sugar and food colouring. That's why they changed the flavour from chocolate to cocoa. Because where I live the chocolate content must surpass a certain level before something can be advertised as chocolate something and it must contain real chocolate not compound chocolate.

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#32

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Having actual physical copies of music and movies. People are so used to just watching YT, or using streaming services. Not saying some people don’t, but it’s more for a “collection” than actually that being the only way to have the material. I hadn’t bought a CD since at least 2008, and the only reason I bought DVD’s at P**n Shops cheap AF was to build a collection.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I use CDs in my car everyday. I keep them in one of those zip cd wallets :)

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Waiting for things and being “bored” waiting.

Every minute we are multi tasking everything because everything is always available. We used to have time to get bored because there wasn’t enough to do at all times. Now we are inundated with on demand stuff and I no longer get time to daydream or be bored. I used to love having time with my thoughts.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you loved it, then choose to make the time for it. Go to bed 10 minutes early, and just sit. You have the choice.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Actual newspapers and coupons on Sundays.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Regular TVs. 90% of the ones you can buy from big-box or online retailers are smart TVs. I just want a cheaper "dumb" TV that I can plug a Roku into.

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#36

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Why don't cars today come with spare wheels? What the f?!

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#37

Anything happening without a f*****g algorithm

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Algorithms destroy humanity. They plot the most likely course for every aspect of our lives and then refuse to allow us outside their box. It makes us easy to exploit. It started with grocery stores, now it's even in applying for jobs. Your life has been predetermined to make the most profits for those at the top. Its not a big conspiracy, just small steps by the greedy that eventually led us into this distopian present.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online House phones.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest, why pay a utility/phone company the any amount of money per month if it's just a redundancy? I got rid of my in home phone in 2015. It cost $25/month. That won't make or break me but it'll add $25 of fun to my life during the month or $25 in the savings account.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Having major sports games on even the most basic TV setup, instead of having to be subscribed to anything.

I'm not even a sports person and find this to be incredibly absurd. I'm fairly certain back in the day (maybe even longer than a decade ago) you can watch most of the major things even when you just had antenna.

Even when you're subscribed to MLB they block things out by region now. That's just stingy as heck.

Although I guess this isn't something nobody noticed, as an afterthought. But the fact it's so normalized...nobody should be okay with that.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The insane wages those athletes get have to come from somewhere

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#41

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online 3D logo designs have pretty much vanished. I don’t know the exact timeframe, but basically every single major company’s logo has become minimalist over a very short period of time.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not only that but they're all kinda blending together. Take the google app icons (not quite the same thing but close enough). The used to be easy to tell apart, now they're all a similar generic Red, Green, Yellow, Blue design and you need to look closely. Sure you can say "it's a google app" at a glance but you need to look close to determine if it's Mail, Maps or Meet.

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#42

Frozen yogurt. Where the f**k is all the frozen yogurt?

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#43

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Car antennas. You know what I mean.

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#44

Developing film from disposable cameras. I'm sure pretty much no one uses them anymore but my fiance put a few around at a baby shower and is having a helluva time getting them developed. No CVS no Walgreens. She had to go somewhere special and was charged $85 for 3.

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't miss it. I prefer to shoot as many as I want and then sitting at home and selecting the best ones for a photo book I can order online. It's fun to choose the designs and combine the pictures to tell a story. I also like thumbing through my photo books and relive the experience.

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50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online i suppose people have noticed, but no one has their phone with a ringtone anymore. It's mostly silent or for some poeple still on vibrate

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Ken Beattie
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Speak for yourself (again). Everyone I know, even the kids have ringtones. The volume level and obnoxiousness of the ringtone is the only thing that varies. No point having a silent/vibrate ring or notification if your phone is not in your pocket.

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#46

50 Things That Were Quietly Erased From Our Reality, According To Folks Online Sobe. They're only available in specific places...I miss Pina Colada Sobe.

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#47

my hair

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Men with no hair is a look though. I like it. Best when it gets sparse or patchy to shave it completely.

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