Things change faster than ever, or so it seems to me. It wasn't that long ago that making a phone call when away from home or the office meant finding a pay phone somewhere and hoping you had enough change to make the call. Then cell phones came along and pay phones disappeared. Now we have "smart phones" that are really portable computers and many people rarely if ever use the actual phone feature on their phone. Young people just text, as if actually talking to someone is uncomfortable or something. Email replaced snail mail for the most part, and now many (young people especially) never check their email inbox, relying solely on checking new messages that were texted to them. And the internet, once a marvel that us old timers could hardly believe (all of 20 to 25 years ago) has become a major factor in all our lives. And on the internet, I remember when "chat rooms" were the way you linked up with others sharing similar interests. I never really liked these "chat rooms" since the level of intelligent discussion seemed to drop into the toilet pretty quickly regardless of the subject, and if on a "chat" with a large group of people, it was impossible to determine what earlier comment someone was responding to, since dozens of other comments had been added to the "chat" while that person was typing their response. So forums became the place for communication and discussion. But so many of the forums that I used to be part of have just withered away. Specialized pages of a group on Facebook or Instagram seem to be where so many people now go to air their views, seek advice, etc. I spend a good deal of time every day on this and other forums, especially since the Covid19 pandemic changed so much of my daily life. For a multitude of reasons I find myself now without any geographically close friends. Issues related to my interests such as guns, the 2nd Amendment, motorcycles and scooters are ones that I have no one to really talk with face to face, so forums have become my main communication tool for these subjects. But it is becoming more and more obvious that the audience of so many forums is aging, just like I am aging. All of this makes me wonder if forums too will quickly become an outdated tool, gathering figurative dust and fewer and fewer make the "effort" of clicking on the forum and opening up what might be an interesting thread. Will all of this be replaced with minimal discussion on Twitter or newer social media? Where will it all lead? I think that the way things change we are not far away from where our only internet communication will be by emojis on some social media sites and regular key boards will become antiques without real function.