The 2010 decade is coming to a close, and for the students at KO, this means saying goodbye to the decade of our childhoods. The “peak” of Disney Channel, the popularization of iPhones, and crazy politics are only some of the things that have defined the 2010s as a decade of change.
Below is a brief history of the 2010s and the best and worst things, in my opinion, about the decade. The 2010s will most likely go down in history as the decade when iPhones skyrocketed into popularity. It’s hard to believe that the iPhone that came out in 2010 was only model four when we now have the iPhone 10’s and 11’s. Instagram and Angry Birds where popular apps in 2010, and I’m sure most high school students remember their first Instagram accounts filled with cringeworthy, over-saturated selfies. The high school students of this generation grew up with technology as opposed to their millennial predecessors. I can remember back when Netflix was a company that sent DVDs in little red packages through the mail. When playing Mario Kart with my brother was a typical after-school activity.
Growing up with such readily available technology is great because now we have much of our lives documented with pictures and videos that are fun to look back on, and we have an instant way to connect with others. The downsides of growing up with technology, though, include short attention spans, as well as feeling left out because of social media, and becoming addicted to apps that take the place of social interaction. We were the first decade to grow up knowing what an iPhone is, and I think that aspect of our lives will continue to define our generation for years to come.
I think that one of the biggest negatives of the 2010s is the culture that social media creates when it comes to celebrities. During the 2010s, as more and more social media sites were popularized, social media influencers began to pop up. Attractive people began to make money online for being attractive. I think that this is a negative aspect of the 2010s because it gives people unrealistic standards in terms of beauty and making money. Social media influencers profit off of brand deals that are usually phony weight loss products. This trend is harmful to people on social media, and it gives teens unrealistic standards that equate attractiveness to the amount of money you can make.
Along with this technology boom, 2010 kids also had plenty of quality entertainment in the form of television shows. I would say that most, if not all, high schoolers look fondly back at their favorite Disney and Nick shows that they obsessed over as kids. Shows like “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and “iCarly” are some of the many TV shows that we can still sing the theme songs to. These shows were a highlight of the 2010s, always providing laughs and entertainment to 2010 kids before we all had iPhones and YouTube.
The 2010s were also a decade of Disney Movie remakes like “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “The Lion King.” Our generation enjoys nostalgia, especially when it comes to our favorite childhood Disney movies. Although some say that Disney remakes are a negative of the 2010s, I think they are positive because they are a great way to relive our favorite childhood stories.
Once we all had phones and a way to get the news, teens could clearly see that the world of politics was a roller coaster in the 2010s with both positive and negative outcomes. It’s mind-blowing to think that same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States in 2015, just 4 years ago. The Obama-era came to an end and the Trump-era began in 2016. Now the impeachment inquiry into Trump is in full swing in 2019. All of these historic events have had a large impact on the way that teens see the world today.
Teens, in general, have a somewhat pessimistic attitude when it comes to politics. This is because today’s issues are so polarizing and emotional. We are also constantly in contact with politics whether we watch the nightly news, see political scandals trending on Twitter, or just scroll through about any social media feed. The positive side of having all of this information, though, is that teens have the ability to inform themselves about political issues that they care about.
Overall, the 2010s was a decade that will go down in history books as the decade of iPhones, Disney, and polarized politics.
But to us, it’s the decade that we grew up in. It’s the decade when we watched our favorite shows and movies, experimented with social media, and learned about political issues that we care about.