Special Report

50 Ways American Life Has Changed in the Last Decade

An unprecedented 2020 left much of the world in a state of uncertainty about the future as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the globe. Many reflect back to more certain times, wishing a return to normalcy. But what was normal even last year, was a complete change from a decade ago.

24/7 Tempo reviewed scorers of news and government sources, as well as academic and marketing research. The following list, which is not exhaustive, is a selection of ways life has fundamentally changed since 2010.

Consider this: If it were 2010 right now and you needed a cab, you’d have to call a service or hail one from outside. Today, all you need is a phone with a ride-sharing app on it. Also, wearing a mask outside was unheard of, and if someone told you could not go visit grandmother for Thanksgiving, you’d probably laugh.

Back in 2010, Facebook already existed, but it wasn’t the behemoth it is now, affecting hundreds of millions of people in many ways — from how they stay in touch to how they consume the news and form political opinions.

A lot can and has happened in a decade. Fads have come and gone with some becoming lasting trends. Many of these trends fall into the weight loss and healthy eating category — here are the 35 biggest fads and trends in food and drink since 2010.

Although 2010 may not feel like such a long time ago, when you consider how much has changed since then, it seems like it was actually way, way in the past.

Click here to see the 50 ways American life has changed since 2010.