People Share What They Think the 2010s Decade Will Be Remembered For

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It’s hard to believe that we only have a few months left until we start a new decade. Wooo! Time flies. How will the 2010s be remembered? It sure seems like there was a lot of controversy and upheaval around the world.

AskReddit users weighed in on what they think this strange, wonderful, terrible decade will be remembered for.

How will you remember the 2010s?

1. That was intense.

“The Clown Epidemic of ’16.”

2. All kinds of stuff.

“Men’s styles – patterned short sleeved button down shirts, flannel shirts, beards, high and tight haircuts

Women’s styles – yoga pants, athleisure, jumpsuits/rompers, “Coachella” attire (don’t know how else to describe this but it’s a distinct look)

Music – country, mumble hip hop, bad repetitive pop, EDM and festivals

Tech – automation, social media, data, mobile phones, influencers.”

3. Bad for traditional business?

“The death of brick and mortar and the rise of Amazon prime.”


“Social networks and how everyone thought It was a good idea to keep track of everyone in their life.

Kids in 10 years will be like “so you met this guy at the pub and… added him into your social network? Didn’t that give him access to ALL your social details?”

Privacy will become the biggest thing ever, and loose social media connections will become the exact thing NOT to do.

You know when you watch documentaries now about kids in the 80s hitchhiking or stepping into a serial killers van because they said they had puppies in there, and you scream at the tv like WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU IDIOT???

That’s how people will think of our 2010s years.”

5. Everyone has access.

“The rise of the smartphone. Everyone has access to the internet and can voice their opinion towards the world at any moment with all the negative effects that it brings.”

6. Satire is King.

“Real headlines trying to outdo The Onion.”

7. Sad, but true.

“The death of traditional media.

Printed newspapers and periodicals, broadcast television and radio are fading. And while digital music way predates the 2010s, it took until this decade for pop stars to stop “selling” albums. They aren’t tallying CD sales anymore, they’re counting unique streams.”

8. Was any of it good, though?

“Social Media / influencers

Netflix/ streaming (it was available before 2010, but didnt get reliable until after)

Swipe dating apps, the word “online dating” and dating sites are now swapped with the phrases “dating apps”


9. A lot of advancements.

“From a design/aesthetic standpoint:

Minimalism/Flat design, mostly due to the rise of tablets and browsing the internet on mobile devices. Clean lines, simple colors like black, white and grey.

TV commercials: Early 2010s ads are backed by upbeat xylophone/triangle/whistling/hand clapping music, or people breakdancing or doing “the worm” to obnoxious dubstep music. The late 2010s have vivid colors and imagery, vaporwave-style aesthetics, and loud over-the-top spokespeople talking fast in the middle of the screen (think “Captain Obvious” from the Hotels.com commercials or Terry Crews from the Old Spice commercials)

Entering a new golden age of automotive design. Almost every new car from the decade is elaborately styled. Car interiors with angular, intricate dashboards (like the Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox or Hyundai Santa Fe). This might end in the 2020s as crash safety technology requires more new cars to look the same, and car interiors will replace dashboards and gauges with touch screens (Thanks, Tesla).

A move away from chain restaurants and the rise of food trucks and locally-owned restaurants that all feature string lighting, outdoor tables with giant Jenga blocks, Edison bulbs, and a craft beer selection written on a chalkboard.

All houses are painted in that “griege” color and have all-white kitchens with that same white subway tile backsplash. There is probably a barn door, shiplap accent wall, and a fiddle-leaf fig inside.”

10. Very unfortunate.

“The incredible rise of misinformation and irresponsible kneejerk reaction choices on very serious topics.”

11. Middle East on fire.

“Didn’t see it here so I’ll mention it. The Syrian civil war and rise and Fall of the Islamic State.”

12. May it live forever…

“The Meme Renaissance.”

13. It sure has been wild.

“The wild switch from president Obama to president Trump. Say what you want good or bad about either of them, but their ways of doing the job are very different in many ways.”

14. A scary thought.

“The 2010’s will rememebered as the decade where everyone went from chill to radicalized in a suprisngly short span of time.”

15. Do something NOW.

“Knowing that global warming is going to hit us hard and doing virtually nothing about it globally.”