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If you live on the internet, you know just how quickly trends come and go.

Next Generation of Everything is our celebration of what comes next. In these stories, Polygon digs into the trends that are right on our doorstep, in the worlds of entertainment, games, and fandom.

But these stories are also about the choices people have made about living on the internet. And in 2022, many of us have chosen to slow down our online lives, and to focus on the fandom communities that are important to us. Whether it’s spending time in Discord building a roleplaying server, eulogizing The Sims 2 on TikTok, or even eschewing social media altogether, in favor of a more deliberate online presence.

The future looks bright. Let’s dive in …