Have you noticed that things are making a dramatic change? Going away are the "big box" stores, giving way to places like Amazon and Walmart. Someone told me once that if you can't find what you want at Walmart, you have to go home, take a shower and get out of your pajamas to go to Target.
Funny how it use to be something to go to places like shopping centers, department stores, along with small specialty shops have given way to Amazon, Walmart delivery and grocery store deliveries. Seems as though being social with other people is becoming as obsolete as Sears, Montgomery Ward and the shopping malls.
As traffic slows down to these stores, they become ripe for the pickings by places like Walmart and Target which offer goods at a price lower than other stores could imagine. Some say that mismanagement is primarily the cause of the demise of these retailers but if you remember back when video arcades were popular. Those gave way to people like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft taking the interaction out of the equation and letting numerous people play at the same time through the Internet. Those arcades slowly faded at first but quickly closed shop as home systems got even better.
The same holds true for movie theaters, even car dealers now as you can purchase a movie in the comfort of your own easy chair and buy a car online to be delivered to your front door. Pretty much everything is being done behind the scenes in a "virtual world". The Internet seems to have become the most indispensable commodity of the late 20th century into the 21st. Gone are the days of having to have an extra phone line to handle the modem as pretty much all hard wired phones have become obsolete. Phone booths that dotted corners of city streets have dwindled down to nothing because everyone has a phone in their pocket.
All this is slowly taking the human interaction out of the equation. We can "face time", text, talk, Facebook, Twitter or any one of dozens of "social media" networks available. We can drive up, pick up our goods, groceries or if we're too lazy to do that, they can be delivered. It's getting to the point where if you don't want to leave your home, you don't have to because everything can be brought right to your door, even your lunch. Yes, even places like McDonalds and Burger King will deliver to you so you don't have to wait in those pesky lines at the drive thru.
Every year there are new and unusual words added to the dictionary while old words take on new meaning. Even symbols on the keyboard take on new meanings as the pound sign has become the 'hash tag'. While all this is going on, retail space in some key areas are becoming vacant and left abandoned. Where downtown's were the mecca of entertainment, shopping and socializing have now become apartment buildings, attorney's offices, bars and small eateries. The massive multi story department stores are slowly being turned into trendy, expensive apartments.
When and where is all this going to end you ask? Come out from behind your keyboard, take a walk in the park and enjoy life. When your life gets too messed up, do something simple. Sit in the sun, count to one, and rest as Cheech Marin would say.