Write to the point
Writing has been the primary form of communication for a majority of folks, and exchange of ideas has been through different writing works all over the world. A lot of information that people consume is in text form, be it newspaper articles, blog posts, digital magazines or social media content. Writing is the cornerstone of our communication today, but new and emerging technologies are shaping the art of writing.
Writing powers a significant share of the content out there, if not all, since we access information that is a product of writing in one way or another. Advances in technology and wide adoption of the internet have revolutionised how people write and share content.
There has been a boom in writing platforms, and this has forced writers and publishing houses to rethink how they disseminate content and writing works to their target audiences.
While technology has been an enabler regarding sharing of content, it has also given rise to new platforms where people can share visual content in the form of images, videos and GIFs.
Visual content is easily digestible compared to written content since it engages the mind compared to reading an article that spans one or two thousand words.
Online streaming services and video marketing services are at the forefront of revolutionising access to rich content, and the numbers indicate that more internet users are shifting to visual content for information.
These numbers are only going to get better, which brings us to how writing will be in the next century in the wake of these advances in visual content services.
The Extent of Writing Will Shrink
Thanks to internet innovations like animated GIFs, less content will be written in the next century, as people will prefer expressing feelings and emotions using GIFs. The essence of visual content is that it communicates more information in an efficient way than it would be in writing. Today, the use of GIFs is on almost every platform. It has become the most preferred way of communicating emotional content, and it is replacing words at a high rate.
Since not all people have excellent writing skills to communicate their ideas, there has been a significant shift to GIFs since they are readily usable and can express more content despite their lightweight nature.
In the next 100 years, a large size of the world’s population will have a smartphone and access to the internet. Short bust communication is going to increase with the extensive usage of smartphones, and GIFs will replace words.
The effect of this is that the extent of writing will reduce, mainly because of the urgency of people to access content faster in the swamp of information surrounding them.
People Will Write When It is Extremely Important
Today, people carry notebooks to meetings and writing pads to lecture halls to record essential points and take notes. Writing is also widely used in areas of advertising and service industries. This will change in the next century, and technology will be the leading agent of change.
Over time, service industries, learning institutions and the wider public will have access to technological tools that will save them the writing effort. In learning institutions, audiovisual content is gaining broad adoption, and this trend is set to rise in the coming years.
Service industries are adopting paperless transactions through biometric technology and other virtual identification and recording techniques. What does this mean for writing? It is clear that in 100 years, people will write when it is vital, and where other options cannot suffice.
Competition from Other Technologies Will Suppress Writing
In the next 100 years, it will become difficult to create unique and innovative articles that will attract readers. This is because the emergence of cheap and easy-to-use technologies will gain wider adoption, and suppress written content. It will also be quite challenging to come up with material that will steadily compete with visual content since a good majority of people will be on the lookout for engaging visual content.
Visual content creates a lasting impression compared to a long body of written work, and this will not only suppress writing but also contribute to a decline of writers and content creators.
Technology Will Draw People Away From Books
Writing does not stand alone and involves reading a lot of content in newspapers, magazines and books. In this age, the print newspaper and publishing business is taking a hit due to the extensive usage of the digital platforms and the internet. Content in hard copy is shrinking by the day as the shift to online platforms gradually rises.
Books in hard copy inspire people to read and write more, and that is not the case for books and other soft copy reading material. Once you are online, you can get swayed by social media and the internet, and these interruptions do not bode well with the writing process.
As hardcover books and print materials reduce, the chances are high that there will be less writing activity in the next 100 years.
In closing, while writing is very crucial today, that trend is likely to change in the distant future. The rise of visual content is expected to stifle writing activity over time, to a point where people will prefer visual content to text content. Innovations in technology, concerning both hardware and software will boost the consumption of visual content than it will with written content.