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Societal Changes in the 2010s

Many believe that society has changed drastically since 2010. Of course, with time comes change, but the changes that the United States has endured had a great impact on not only the people, but the planet. With that said, let’s take a look at how the society of our decade has grown and shrunk.

It is safe to say that these past 10 years have become far more accepting and loving of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual or Allied) community. More and more people have been confidently coming out and discovering their true selves. Unfortunately, many American citizens are still prejudiced against the community, but more and more young and mature people are finding their voice to speak their truth. All in all, the LGBTQ+ community has become far more socially acceptable thanks to the influential beings who helped begin the movement, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner, and many more. An anonymous student states, “I am so thankful for the LGBT community giving me the confidence to come out. I have never felt more like myself since coming out.”

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While our society has become more accepting, many people, more specifically teenagers, have been missing out on crucial social skills due to social media. Social platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram have been teenagers’ primary source of communication for this past decade. Instead of having a real-life conversation, friends are choosing to snap and text each other. Avoiding face-to-face contact can lead to teenagers lacking important social skills that they will potentially need later on in life. According to www.newyork behavioralhealth, “…when children use digital communication extensively, it can curtail the face-to-face experiences necessary for them to develop and master important social skills.” Not to mention, social media is full of danger. You simply never know who is looking at your profile. Teenagers spend hours on social media every day which can lead to having an unhealthy mental health.  According to Sabrina Barr from Independent, “The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep.”

Clearly, in the past 10 years our country has socially grown and gotten worse at the same time. Hopefully, this new decade will be a lot more peaceful and tranquil. Here’s to the new year, 2020!