Our ninth annual forecast of key trends will drive or significantly impact consumer mindset and behavior in 2014 and beyond.

Today we released our ninth annual forecast of key trends that will drive or significantly impact consumer mindset and behavior in 2014 and beyond.

In this year’s report, we see how consumers are both welcoming and resisting technology’s growing omnipresence in our lives. For many, technology serves as a gateway to opportunity and an enabler of hyper-efficient lifestyles, but those who are most immersed are starting to question its effect on their lives and their privacy. One result is that more people are trying to find a balance and lead more mindful, in-the-moment lives.

Our forecast also puts a spotlight on the growth of immersive experiences; the accelerating shift to a visual vocabulary; the new appeal of imperfection; and the rise of telepathic technology, which will enable brands to better understand minds and moods and react in a very personalized way.

The full report—in which we cover each trend in detail, highlighting what’s driving the shift, how it’s manifesting and what it means for brands—is available here.

JWT: 10 Trends for 2014 – Executive Summary from J. Walter Thompson Intelligence