The 2010s: What Just Happened?

2. The Emergence of Generation Z. The largest generation on the planet born between 1995 and 2010 came of age. By next year, they will account for 40% of all consumers. They will not simply influence culture; they will constitute culture. You can read more about this generation HERE.

3. The Digital Revolution. There are few true “revolutions,” but the development of technology from mechanical and analog to digital has been one. It has changed our world and in the most foundational of ways—including how we communicate. And remember, the first iPhone was not even released until 2007.

The 2010s are over. So what just happened?

A lot.

And it will hold the greatest of significance for the coming ’20s.


“33 Ways to Remember the 2010s,” The New York Times, November 24, 2019, read online.

James Emery White, The Rise of the Nones (Baker).

James Emery White, Meet Generation Z (Baker).

This article originally appeared here.

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James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His newest book, Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions, is now available on Amazon or at your favorite bookseller. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church & Culture blog, visit, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.