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What 2023 will bring us: Unbridled sex, rock, mushrooms everywhere, silent retreats and superapps


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These are some of the things we expect to happen in the new year

The sound of silence

“All the problems of mankind stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” wrote French philosopher Blaise Pascal in the 17th century. Today, we live immersed in constant noise: the sound of WhatsApp conversations, new email notifications, social network notifications. Silence is now a luxury. Spaces that protect us from the hustle and bustle of modern life have become the latest trend. There are now classes, teaching mindfulness and meditation without speaking, silent retreats.

Superapps – “All in One”

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A superapp is a superpower, a design solution that brings together multiple services in one place. Essentially, it’s a single platform that makes your life easy: banking, getting a taxi, ordering a salmon, reading the news, watching a match online, exchanging currencies. Super apps will put an end to useless apps cluttering up your phone screen. Their purpose is to get people to spend their hours and money online on a single platform. Apps succeed because they offer what internet users want: they save time and offer the convenience of having all services in one place.

Continuation of books

When you finish reading a great novel, it’s common to feel a little weak, a little fascinated by the characters, and wish you could get to know more about them. Several authors are now satisfying their readers’ desires by writing sequels to books they published years ago. Jennifer Egan’s “Candy House” picks up where her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” left off.

Real exercise, virtual reality

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In 2020, the pandemic forced many to set up home gyms. Water bottles became weights and exercise videos helped people stay in shape. But now comes the next step. Training will no longer take place on YouTube, but in the metaverse. Wearing virtual reality goggles, users can turn any room in the house into an interactive atmosphere with all the tools necessary to complete a workout—even a trainer is there to watch over you. Now, the best gym really is at home.

A diet to combat climate change

Our diet goes beyond health and is now a global issue. Gone are the days when we give up this or that food because we want to lose weight. Today’s food system is killing the planet. In many cases, the change begins with removing meat from the daily menu. This is why trends like Meatless Monday have emerged in recent years. There is now a debate about the need to learn to grow what we eat, ditch single-use packaging and compost waste to use for planting.

Rock music from the past

Get ready to witness the multi-faceted resurrection of rock. Yes, rock music is back. Once again, next year’s major musical events will be tours by Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Roger Waters, Elton John and Iron Maiden. Even indie rock, with exemplary “survivors” like Arctic Monkeys and dazzling newcomers like Wet Leg.

Mushrooms everywhere

Great chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi have long used mushrooms as an ingredient: they have the flavor and robustness of meat, but are also more natural and healthy. This year, shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms have increased their presence on fine dining menus by up to 76%, according to a study by culinary website The Wicked Noodle. The rise of mushrooms extends beyond cooking. Fungi have become a mainstay in the herbal tea universe, competing with hemp oil and giving CBD a run for its money. There are even different types of coffee made with mushrooms.

Barbie, the superstar

The Greta Gerwig-directed ‘Barbie’ will hit theaters in July, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Even if the film had never been released, the film would already be a major event due to the sheer amount of viral content its filming has generated, especially photos of Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie dressed as Ken and Barbie.

The last haven of peace in the Aegean Sea

After an exhausting journey across the Aegean Sea, British writer Lawrence Durrell ended up on a remote beach on the island of Patmos in the Dodecanese archipelago. There he wrote his famous phrase that “Greek sunrises and sunsets put poets out of work.” The Patmos that Durrell knew no longer exists, but one can still find such places as Symi, which has a Byzantine castle and bright bays between rocks and cypresses, the aristocratic mansions of Chalkis or the wonderful remote harbor of Kastellorizos.


In 2022 we not only returned to the office, but also to parties, concerts and crowded places. After an extended period of virtual romance, we’ve also returned to face-to-face (and body-to-body) contact in our personal lives. The way we talk, think and have sex is changing. According to a recent survey conducted by Argentina’s online dating app Bumble, 42% of people are approaching sex in more open and exploratory ways. In the last year, one in five people have explored their sexuality further and 1 in 8 are considering a non-monogamous relationship.

Natural decoration

These turbulent times force us to balance our personal lives and our collective responsibility. All our habits leave an environmental footprint, even the way we decorate our homes. This is why sustainable interior design is starting to gain ground. This refers to the use of ecological, recycled and biodegradable materials such as bamboo, wool or clay in the interior decoration, as well as the use of natural paints, which do not contain toxic materials. The ultimate goal is to create a comfortable space that is consistent with a sustainable lifestyle. And interior designers are increasingly incorporating this philosophy into their work.

Plato and not Balzac

Two years ago, Blackie Books, known for its modern approach to the content and design of its volumes, published a new edition of Homer’s Odyssey, with contributions from authors such as Margaret Atwood. Since then, the trend of revising, updating, and even fictionalizing classical Greek and Roman myths has snowballed. Such works have added unique twists, truly modernized classic myths, and gone far beyond the traditional historical novel. In 2023, we will continue to see how this trend will continue to develop

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