From my point of view:
Society is becoming more participatory, but also becoming more mob-like (though, thankfully, we haven't gone full-mob yet), especially when it comes to little causes like advocating against the use of tobacco and killing animals for food
(animal cruelty or animal testing are different matters). In essence, values have been shifting and there will be lots of Values Dissonance
and cultural clashes in these next two decades.
Bullying is becoming less acceptable (which is good), but there is also an increasing judgemental attitude towards stuff could become easily confused with that (like the Praxe
). Despite said stuff having good stuff and bad stuff, there are plenty of people who treat the whole as being bad because of the idiotic, abusive people in such cultural practices.
Austerity and high unemployment will still remain for a few more years, which will cause part of a generation (mine, in particular) to feel left behind. There will be alienation and social conflicts, if things don't start improving. And fast.
It is not enough to have skills in an area, for most cases. Social skills and networking are the big words of this century, and it will be vital for pretty much everyone to do the basics (and even then, things might not work out).
Capitalism has been growing wilder since the 80's, and, unless there's a catastrophe of epic proportions, it looks like it will become increasingly inhuman, unethical and exploitative of the working forces (from fresh out of college young people, who can't have a decent job, to older people who don't have high qualifications). The failure of the Occupy movement and other movements nappened because they didn't provide good alternatives or consistent measures to be adopted and practiced.
Manliness will become relatively outdated, except for a relative minority that will get tasks to do the heavy and/or dirty work. Femininity (or to be in touch with your feminine side) is not really encouraged, to be frank. A balance between both attitudes will probably be the best way forward.
I have more, but I can't phrase everything right now.
edited 31st Jan '14 10:37:08 AM by Quag15