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Ahh, the car of the future. We probably won’t be in Jetsons territory for a few years yet, but…we’re getting there. In the early 2000s, folks were a little freaked out by the Prius. A few years ago, the Tesla seemed like an alien spacecraft. And tomorrow…well, we might be looking at some unusual designs and features that make the old school look like they came from the stone age. But will the novelty trend catch? Or will we see a wave of nostalgia like we are now, a longing for manual shift drive and good old fashioned gasoline power? Gen Z is quick to adopt new technology, but they’re also a thoughtful and poignant generation. They don’t seem as easily wooed as one might expect. So where are we going from here? Hop in, and we’ll take a peek.
Did you know most people spend around seven hours a day on their devices? Whether it’s a phone, a computer, or a TV, “screen” technology has become a major part of our day-to-day lives. Now what if we told you that this would lead to your great-great-grandchildren having hunchbacks, clawed hands, and a second eyelid…for the screen-brightness, of course. A depiction of this “future human” has gone viral on social media, and while it is rather unsettling (it’s horrifying), it’s raising awareness to the very real damage we do to our bodies while enjoying our modern lives. 
In a world where Gen Z’s attention is constantly being fought for, many go above and beyond to stand out, and Zoomers notice. In fact, they don’t quite appreciate the over-effort. Whether it be hyper-sexual music videos, politicians trying too hard to relate to them, or (and this is subjective) a really terrible outfit on instagram, teens across the country are using one word to describe when enough is really TOO much: “Extra”.
Times are changing, both online and off. Nowhere is this more true than in the semi-illicit and ever-changing world of: Drugs. More than half of US states have decriminalized marijuana. A handful of states have passed (or are in the process of passing) legislation to allow ownership and use of magic mushrooms, ibogaine, and other notable psychedelic plants. Some healthcare providers are advocating for MDMA (otherwise known as ecstasy) and ketamine (an animal tranquilizer) in the treatment of post traumatic stress patients. It’s not clear just what percentage of Gen Z and Millennial partakes in recreational drug use. Statistics vary, and can be unreliable. And there are plenty of examples of formerly taboo drugs being used in a therapeutic context, which might expand as time goes by. With the ongoing swing of the pendulum, we are undoubtedly witnessing a monumental shift in attitudes, safety, and legality. …and some of the ways may surprise you.

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