Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

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Date of Publication: February 18

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: Pew Research Center

Author(s): Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie, Emily A. Vogels


A plurality of experts thinks sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism, and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care, and social activity improve.

When pandemics sweep through societies, they upend critical structures, such as health systems and medical treatments, economic life, socioeconomic class structures and race relations, fundamental institutional arrangements, communities and everyday family life. A new canvassing of experts in technology, communications and social change by Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center finds that many expect similar impacts to emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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