As time goes on and societies develop, the culture changes and people’s interests and preferences evolve. From using wellness-friendly furniture, such as stand-up desks, to learning a foreign language via a phone app, people’s habits change all the time, and some of them stick around for longer, forming new lifestyle trends. Since the last decade saw some incredible technological breakthroughs, as well as the rise of awareness of the state of our environment, new lifestyle trends tend to revolve mostly around these important aspects. So, here are some of the biggest changes in the last 10 years:
The reliance on cell phones
Even though its original intention was to serve as a landline on the go, hence the term mobile phone, they have advanced so much over the last decade that now a life without a smartphone is almost impossible to imagine. Whether it’s listening to music, taking pictures, using GPS features or staying connected through social media, there’s an app for almost anything you can imagine, including popular language learning platforms. The convenience of being used anytime and anywhere, as well as the ease with which we can expand our knowledge, truly makes cell phones a necessity in today’s society.
The importance of the internet
From banking and making appointments to watching series on popular streaming networks, and even doing our daily shopping, the internet has truly taken our world by storm during the last decade. Whether it’s the ease of access or the sheer convenience of doing everything from the comfort of our homes, we complete almost all of our daily tasks online, even when it comes to the field of gift giving. One of the biggest trends today is making a gift registry for your event online, ensuring that you get exactly what you want and what you need, all with the help of technology.
The advancement of VR
Over the past few years, a new interest in virtual reality has formed. From providing a completely new and exciting gaming experience to helping people get in shape with virtual reality gyms, VR headsets have a wide range of applications in today’s society, and have become an essential part of the entertainment industry. Although still quite a recent development, there’s no denying this market will continue to grow and evolve in the future.
Vegan and organic skincare
Quickly growing from a niche market to a multibillion dollar industry over the last several years, the number of brands making vegan and naturally derived products has significantly increased. Whether it’s environmental consciousness or the awareness of harmful chemicals we are exposed to every day, the demand for natural products is higher than ever, which is why the beauty industry is filled with organic products, ranging from high-end with elements from the far reaches of the world to using only a few natural ingredients.
Growing your own produce
Growing your own, fresh food at home is no longer reserved only for people who live on a farm. Especially popular among millenials and urban gardeners, mostly due to the growing popularity of plant-based diets and the “zero waste” movement, growing your own produce has become a popular practice over the last ten years, especially when it comes to first world countries. From being a great incentive to eat healthy food to having complete control over what, if any, pesticides are used, growing fruit, vegetables and herbs on your own truly has endless benefits.
The popularity of eco-travel
According to several travel companies and research firms, people have been going greener while traveling since at least 2012. With the detrimental effects of global warming and climate change on the planet making the news more often than ever nowadays, environmentally conscious travel will undoubtedly continue to grow in popularity. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing segments of the entire travel industry, with 2017 being named the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to reflect the growing movement.
Whether it’s looking for new ways to get in shape, have some fun or help the environment, the lifestyle trends that have evolved during the last decade simply prove that people are, above all, most interested in improving the quality of their lives and the world around them.