Special Report

50 Ways American Life Has Changed in the Last Decade

8. And they text more than they talk

As a way to cut costs, some companies no longer provide voicemail as an option for their employees, especially if they don’t interact directly with clients. The move has proven popular, perhaps unsurprisingly. People, especially millennials, rarely talk on the phone anymore. A 2014 Gallup poll found that text messages outrank phone calls as the main means of communication for people under 50.

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9. Couples meet through apps

It looks like people trust technology more than other people when it comes to matters of the heart. Dating apps are the norm and there is no stigma attached. A recent Stanford study found that meeting online is now the most common way couples first connect. People now rely on algorithms as opposed to friends and family to be introduced to a potential significant other.

10. Binge-watching shows is the norm

If you can watch more than one episode of your favorite show in one sitting, why wouldn’t you? Waiting a week to find out if Rachel got off the plane can be painful. Luckily, you don’t have to. About 60% of all TV viewers report binge watching at least once a week, according to a 2018 Morning Consult/Hollywood Reporter poll. It’s common for people to even cancel plans so they can stay home and binge watch. As much as 36% of all viewers also prefer series that release the entire season at a time.

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11. Skipping commercials is an option

DVR is arguably one of the best inventions in TV history. You don’t have to sit through a single second of paid announcements. Networks have responded and have shed ad time.

12. Cell phone cameras have replaced portable cameras

DSLR, Nikon, Panasonic, digital cameras, film cameras, video cameras…They have all become obsolete, unless you are a professional photographer. And, apparently, even they don’t need the gadgets anymore. Movies are now being shot with smartphones by prominent directors as well.

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