We Are Becoming a Minimalist Society

If you haven't noticed, minimalism is becoming more and more popular.

Not only as an esthetic, but as a way of living, we are beginning to live with and own less and less.

Take furniture for example.

For generations, furniture was passed down from family to family.

Understandingly so, because good furniture was not only hard to come by, but was expensive and required a significant investment to acquire.

You took grandma's wardrobe and rocking chair because it took a lifetime of saving money to purchase those - or perhaps grandma made them, who knows?

Now however, life is different. We are traveling more for work, requiring us to be able to be mobile and move at a moment's notice. We're living more commonly in apartments and in smaller spaces in dense urban areas where it's possible that we can't even fit the furniture into our homes.

We no longer want the dark and heavy furniture that were supposed to be inherited from our parents.

As we become an increasingly digital society, this accelerates our path to minimalism. We no longer require phonebooks, having our contacts in our smart phones. Things like maps, compasses, calculators, even televisions and computers are becoming obsolete when you have a phone. Digital recordkeeping allows us to get rid of papers, digital photo albums means we don't have to keep physical copies of pictures, and in the future we might even be able to give up having a car of our own.

There are still a lot of questions regarding what the future looks like as minimalism only continues to grow in popularity. What happens to all of the things, especially things from our parents? What happens to the companies that produce all those things? What are the social, economic, mental and political ramifications of minimalism? Can we have a positive effect on the environment and society by living more minimally?

There's only one thing for sure: minimalism is here to stay, and it is only going to be growing as we head into the future.

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