Handy Looks at Important Lessons We Learned from the 2010s

Handy Looks at Important Lessons We Learned from the 2010s


The 2010s was a glorious decade. In this decade, there was an emergence of Instagram, Snapchat and many other social media channels along with many technological advancements. According to Handy, looking back on the past can help us to realize how far we have come in the present era and allows us to imagine what the future holds for us.

The Lessons

Here are some essential lessons we learned from the 2010s:

1.Celebrate the victories – The 2010s was a decade of victories and in this decade, we observed many amazing and inspiring moments starting from the marriage equality rights given by the honorable Supreme Court to the first female presidential nominee to win the popular vote.

With the rise of social media, the decade also connected the people together and there was also a flood of information. All the victories are equally valuable, and we must celebrate those victories and learn from them while moving to the 2020s.

  1. Mourn the losses – Every victory carries some form of loss with them. While social media became the lifeblood of the masses, there was also an irrational pessimism about it. The 2010s also saw a lot of fake news in social media and with that, its influence was also lost to a great extent. Moving to the 2020s, it is important to mourn the losses of the 2010s since you can then understand the values of the things that were lost in the past decade.
  2. The ability to learn well on your own – Another essential life skill that we have learned in the 2010s is probably the ability to learn well on our own. In this decade, people have learned how to get more information on any topic and how the information can be processed.

With the help of the new technology invented in the previous decade, people now have the ability to learn more quickly. The more you learn the more you will have the ability to process new experiences in the future. When you have the ability to learn new things quickly you can create your own path even if there is no path where you want to reach.

  1. The vulnerability can be corrupted by the desire for social status- Another important lesson that we have learned in the previous decade is that vulnerability can be corrupted by the desire for social status. Vulnerability should not be considered a form of weakness.

Instead, it should be seen as a demonstration of strength and the unconditional display of one’s thoughts and feelings. The vulnerability has now become a borderline cliché and it does not take too much time for social media influencers to deploy vulnerability. Thus, while moving forward to the 2020s, we must remember that anything that is demonstrated to improve the status of a person within a particular culture can be corrupted by the people who want to do anything for status.


According to Handy, the future can seem a lot more exciting than the past, but it is important to remember the past so that we don’t lose ourselves. Focusing on the lessons we learned in the past can help us to adapt in the future better.