How Was the Decade of the Teens?

Ava Kornbluth, Entertainment Editor

An entire decade,  the 20-teens, has ended. This past year has been wild enough, yet to think about the past ten seems nearly impossible. From the young kids who voiced their opinion for the world to the incredible advancements that took technology a step forward, this was truly a time to be alive. There were a select amount of people who influenced our lives in a way like none before. 

For instance, Greta Thunberg, a sixteen-year-old girl, was introduced to the world as the figure this Earth so desperately needs. She showed us how we play a big role in the potential downfall of our planet.  Serena Williams, arguably the best women’s athlete, gave birth, took a short break, then returned to hopefully continue growing her grand slam tally chart. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, became the richest person alive by revolutionizing the way people shop. 

America itself went through a crazy ride full of new challenges, achievements, and exciting things. Many milestones and memorable moments were captured throughout the years. 

Beginning in April of 2010, the first IPad was released. This tablet screen that was home to all the intense fruit ninja and temple run games only came out ten years ago though it may seem like its been with us forever. 

In September of that year, Lady Gaga wore an iconic dress completely made of meat to the Video Music Awards. This dress will never be forgotten. 

In 2011, Harry Potter released its last and final film. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was certainly saved the best for last.

 In 2012, Linsanity was heard round the world when basketball star Jeremy Lin surprisingly led his team on a seven game win streak. 

In July of 2012, the music video ̈Gangnam Style ̈ reached over a billion views on YouTube, making itself the most watched video ever to reach the platform. The music video by singer Psy exceeded YouTube’s view limit, forcing the company to upgrade its counter. 

On December 21 of 2012, everyone thought that the world was going to come to an end. Some thought it was going to be a massive tidal wave, or maybe a volcanic eruption,  but the world goes on. 

In 2013, the Cup Song was playing in most little girls rooms as they tried their best to learn each step to the Pitch Perfect hit song, ̈When I ́m Gone ̈ by Anna Kendrick. 

In September of 2013, we all learned what a fox says. 

In March of 2014, a Malaysia Airlines jet  with over 230 passengers disappeared. While the aircraft was flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport. Despite many conspiracy theories, it is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. 

During the Summer of 2014, everyone participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This challenge involved the dumping of a bucket of ice cold water onto a person’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

In February of 2015, people argued as to what color a dress was, Black and Blue? Gold and White? Who knows.  

The USA legalized gay marriage in June of 2015. 

We experienced a full solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. 

On January 17 of 2017, we lost Vine and soon got TikTok.

 In April of 2019 we got the first picture of a black hole. 

Pokemon Go took over the world, Apple made all race emojis, DiCaprio finally won an Oscar, and for weeks we debated as to whether an audio sounded “yanny” or “laurel,”

We also learned that tide pods aren’t food, it isn’t an easy task rescuing aliens, an egg can get more likes on Instagram than Kylie Jenner, licking ice cream can get you famous and arrested, and vsco girls are saving the planet.

With all these things that happened in the past decade, we can only imagine what the  2020’s will bring.