Walk down memory lane and celebrate the end of the 2010s with us as we review some surprising, moving, and fun highlights that happened over the last decade.
The Connected World
In the 2010s, another 2.51 billion people came online, increasing the total number of people connected to the internet from 28.8% in 2009 to 57.8% in 2019. For those keeping score, there are over 7.8 billion people on Earth!
Much of the internet growth has been due to the affordability and mass adoption of smartphone technology. Way back in June of 2009, Apple released the iPhone 3GS.
And a few short weeks later, Samsung introduced the Galaxy GT-I7500.
Fun Fact: less than 1% of internet traffic was on mobile devices in 2009, and in 2019 it passed a major milestone when over 50% of all internet traffic was from mobile devices (52.2%.)
Social Media Growth
With more people online around the world and 2000s babies reaching their teens in the 2010s, social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram EXPLODED in popularity.
Except for Snapchat, and maybe TikTok in 2019, no social media platform made a bigger splash in the 2010s than Instagram. Talk about nostalgia.
Ride-sharing was another hallmark of the 2010s. These companies provided affordable transportation and additional sources of income for that ambitious professional.
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Did you know that in 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies? Surprising, we know. Here are a handful of other main features that defined our culture.
What would the internet be without viral videos? One that hasn't changed since 2009 is that no matter where you live, adults filming children doing silly things will always capture our hearts (and attention) on YouTube.
Most Popular Baby Names
And speaking of babies, here are the top boys and girls names from the 2010s:
Top Music Artists
In the 2010s, we saw hip hop become the most popular music genre with trendsetting artists like Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West, and we saw the commercial rise of new sub-genres like dubstep.
Some of the office favorites that didn't make it onto this list include Lana Del Rey, John Mayer, and Solange.
With every new year's beginning comes an opportunity to remember those music icons we lost, the artists that made us feel alive. In 2009, we lost the greatest pop singer of all time, Michael Jackson, and in 2019, we lost Juice WRLD, a 21-year old hip hop artist who's life was tragically cut short on the fast track to superstardom.
In 2018, 18.5 million students were enrolled in college, a 7.4% decrease since 2011, and 4.1 million students were enrolled in graduate school, a 7.9% increase since 2011.
Top Graduate Degrees in 2009
These are the top five graduate degrees according to a 2010 CBS News article.
Most Searched for Graduate Degrees in 2019
|Degree||Searches / Month|
During our research we came across a lot of nostalgic products, videos, and music. Here are some honorable mentions that didn't make the main list:
|Favorite New Product:||Fitbit||Apple AirPods Pro|
|Favorite Super Bowl Commercial:||Budweiser Clydesdale Go Fetch||Michelob Pure Gold|
|Favorite YouTube Video:||The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat||"You're breathtaking!"|
|Favorite Album:||xx - The xx||Hollywood's Bleeding - Post Malone|
|Favorite Mobile App:||I Am T-Pain by Smule||FaceApp|
What more can we say? It's been a wild decade. We're grateful for all of our clients, families, friends, believers, teammates, and competitors, new and old. We wouldn't be who we are without your guidance and support.
See you in the roaring 2020s!
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