Listening to media in public — sans headphones — is the norm here in SE Asia. And talking to people — loudly — on a phone is nothing new for most people.
I think a deeper shift is required (and will happen) as this future unfolds. That shift will come as the expectations of the _types_ of messaging/communications we send naturally change. It’s generational. My mom’s emails are paragraphs long, spanning a host of topics. When I reply, it’s with a sentence or two. And when my son replies, it’s an emoji. OK, I’m stretching that last bit, but it’s not far off. My son (25) would never write an email unless it’s required by work. I never send an email with more than one topic.
New tools like 60db and Anchor (to name a few) build on Snapchat’s model, making it easy for content producers to just make audio — skipping the need to write text first. Will long-form journalism and book-authoring be dominated by voice in the future? That’s hard for me to see, but that’s because I’m here. I know of many authors who start their book with dictation. Hell, I wander around the condo practicing presentations that I haven’t even written down. It’s natural. What’s missing (today) is the polish.
But that’s a solvable problem. Bring on the future.