Reflecting on the best (and worst) of the 2010s

People remember the past decade’s most influential events in sports, politics, technology and society.

Reflecting on the important events that occurred in the 2010s, students and teachers are thinking about the decade to see what defined it and the changes that have occurred in the last 10 years.
According to social studies teacher Amanda Gale, the 2016 presidential election was a big event that influenced the decade because politics “shape the way our country has gone forward.”
“I think between 2010 and 2020, the big presidential election of 2016 was a big turning point. It was something no one saw coming, which made it really interesting,” Gale said.
Other impactful events of the decades were the natural disasters that occurred around the world. “I think hurricanes, earthquakes, fires impacted this decade because they caused a lot of destruction in this past decade,” senior Shelby Holinka said.
According to English teacher Grace Clancy, people all around the world have started recognizing the importance of what is going on with the climate.
Senior Kristine Kearns agrees. “There has been rising support for fighting climate change in the past few years which has shaped what people are buying and selling,” Kearns said.
Social studies teacher Nicole Harner hopes that people will protect the earth and help prevent climate change. “I hope we become more conscientious of protecting the earth and creating a more sustainable society, especially in the United States,” Harner said.
Younger people around the world have been starting to vocalize their voices for climate change and other issues like gun control. “I think a lot of people are starting to try and make their voices heard, especially younger people,” Spanish teacher Rebecca Beemer said.
According to freshman Nora Richardson, this decade will be known for “the advancement of equality” in the LGBTQ+ community and towards women’s rights.
“In this decade, same-sex marriage was legalized, which supported equality for all Americans,” Richardson said.
This decade will also be remembered for the improvement that has occurred in technology. “We have been making tremendous advances in technology, such as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence,” Holinka said.
Advancements in technology have allowed streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ to grow in popularity. “I think streaming services have really changed the way people consume their media. Now it’s much more at the leisure of the person and what they watch. It has completely changed in a short amount of time,” Gale said.
According to junior Riya Padia, the growth of technology has also had an impact on “the influence and popularity of social media.”
Junior Laura Benner agrees that social media has grown. “The development and evolution of internet culture and social media will be remembered in history as some of the big events from this decade,” Benner said.
According to Benner, social media like Instagram allows people to band together to make big things happen. For example, over 54 million people came together to make a picture of an egg the most liked post on Instagram.
Through social media, things like dance trends and memes have gained recognition from many people. “Some of my favorite memories from the decade were the memes like the Area 51 Raids and the popular dances like Gangnam Style and Fortnite dances,” freshman Erin Magee said.
A memorable sporting event that stood out to sophomore Allison Magee was the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in 2018.