Whether you like it or not, automation is happening. Other businesses are taking direct hits in other ways: For example, the cost of publishing newspapers and magazines is expensive, so it's a wonder many of them havre managed to survive this long.

After Redditor bran6067 asked the online community, "What's the next industry to die out?" people quickly weighed in with their observations. Some of them might surprise you.

"While it won't die out completely..."

There has been a major change in sit down restaurants. From the 80s and through the 90s, large chain operated restaurants were the kings of the town. But since the recession in 08, many of those chains have seen such drastic downfalls. Many are in danger of filing for bankruptcy. Instead, it is local ma and pa eateries that focus not only on amazing foods and service, but also offer something different from the norm that seem to be on the uprise.


"Full time jobs..."

Full-time jobs for clergy and musicians in mainline churches that are dying out, selling their buildings, or merging with other parishes.


"Growing up in the 90s..."


Shopping malls.

Growing up in the 90s, the mall was the place to be. My local spot had a movie theater, an arcade, and a plethora of cool places to hang out.

In 2020, the same mall has nothing but dumpy cell phone stores, kiosks, and stores that sell random collectible sh!t.

At least a third of the storefronts are closed up looking for people to move shops into. I feel like it'll be dead and gone before I hit 50.


"I used to work..."

Paper checks. Online bill payment was the beginning, but there are tons of digital payment methods now. A decline of at least 8% is built into the annual revenue forecast.

Source: I used to work for a paper check printer/manufacturer.


"Hundreds of courses close..."

Not the next per se, but according to market research the sport of golf is on a serious decline and doesn't show much hope for ever recovering fully. Hundreds of courses close every year with mere tens of new courses opening nationally. Not a great ratio.


"I'd say we're fairly rapidly..."

I don't know if 'die' if the right word, but we're watching a pretty significant overhaul in how the real estate industry works. I'd say we're fairly rapidly approaching a point where most homes are bought and sold without an agent, or at least without a traditional real estate agent. Redfin and Zillow are both taking large bites out of the 2 agent transaction model and other, regional portals and brokerages are adapting to similar models.


"Simply moving a load..."

Truck driving. Simply moving a load from point A to point B is rife for automation and current tech is already adapting to allow it to happen.


"These are great..."

Eyeglass frames. There are so many reasons why it's a crap industry to begin with. Eventually, surgery to replace lenses will be easy and inexpensive enough to be the better option. I had cataract surgery at 37 after wearing glasses since I was little. I wish the option to just get an intraocular lens was available earlier. These are great, and the surgery looked like I was in a portal from the old Sliders tv show, or Stargate. I use the $12 glasses from Walgreens now for reading, only. No more $125 setups every other year.


"My mom works as a seller..."

Magnetic Backup media. My mom works as a seller for a company that sells backup media. It's been going slowly down hill for the past couple years. Disney used to buy 1,000 tapes to back up two movies. Now they only need about five tape cartridges for 4 movies. And they usually buy once a year. This year it's 20 LTO 7s and they have 30 LTO 8s on back order.


"In 10-15 years..."

Car Dealerships, more specifically the whole dealership experience.

In 10-15 years I predict that car dealerships will no longer require 15 salespeople, instead you will go to a kiosk setup, select the car out of inventory you are interested in and just give a yes or no to any ones you pick out. No price haggling, you chose your budget and it shows you the cars available at that price. There will always still need to be real humans involved but I feel sales departments will require a third of the people they do now in 10-15 years.


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