Modern problems are issues and risks that have emerged in the modern-era. These are problems that are perceived as originating or becoming worse in the past 50-100 years. Modern problems can be driven by change such as changes to technology, industries, markets, society, culture, institutions, values and lifestyles. In other cases, they are longstanding problems that have taken on modern characteristics. The following are common examples of modern problems.
Civility / Rule of Law
Commoditization of the Human Experience
Cost of Education
Cost of Healthcare
Cost of Living / Inflation
Discrimination & Intolerance
Garbage / Waste
Human Rights Violations
Hunger & Malnutrition
Loss of Habitat
Microplastics / Ocean Plastic
Misinformation & Disinformation
Nanny State / Paternalism
Police Oversight & Accountability
Quality of Education / Lack of Education
Recessions & Depressions
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Social Isolation & Loneliness
Social Media Addiction
Surveillance / Privacy Issues
Technology Related Existential Risk
Toxic Waste / Industrial Waste
Unemployment / Underemployment
Video Game Addiction
War & Conflict
Weapons of Mass Destruction
NotesThe list above is non-exhaustive.Technically speaking, the modern-era begins around 1500 and might be over now. However, when people speak of modern problems they are usually referring to problems of the past 50 years or so.Commoditization of the human experience is the tendency for products and services to be designed to meet every human need such that the human experience becomes completely commercialized. For example, social status is traditionally about behavior and your relationships with other people in your community and society. This can be commoditized with the idea that products and service can represent social status such as an individual who signals that they are a good person with their choice of vehicle or signals that they are wealthy with a handbag.Although the modern-era has many problems, quality of life has certainly improved on a global basis. For example, life expectancy has massively increased on a global basis over the past 100 years. It is historically common for each age to view itself as the worst period in history or the end of history.
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