Feeling a little bad about the past ten years or so? If you are, you aren’t alone. Those living in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s felt overall positive about the past ten years as they faced moving into a new decade; however, a mere 27% of people surveyed had a positive impression about this past decade, compared to 56% in the ’80s and 57% in the ’90s. (View full report here).
Of course, our most recent past decade included 9/11 and a recession. People lived high for a while (or at least some did) and then fell hard as home loans folded and jobs disappeared into the air. It’s tough to say things have been good when you can’t pay your mortgage and you don’t have a job.
Nearly 6 in 10 people believe this new decade will fare better for the country as a whole. And while we may not believe this past decade was a positive one, we are happy with current technological devices such as cell phones and email. Many feel the country’s more diverse population is better for us all, too, and online shopping is a hit with 54% of people surveyed.
Ironically, the years of big hair, hair bands and Ferris Bueller seem to be the best remembered. I can’t complain. I remember those years fondly, despite the leg warmers and Tears for Fears craze. Perhaps there was something to be said for all that Aqua Net.
For myself, I view these last ten years as a blessing. I’m still healthy, have two beautiful children, and got married to my husband in the past decade. Though I lost several friends, changed careers, and worked hard to get my own business up and going, I feel I persevered. I’m hoping to do the same in this decade.
How do you feel these past ten years have gone for yourself, for the country? Do you believe the next decade will be more positive, and if so, why?