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Updated on Nov 7, 2019. Posted on Oct 19, 2019

Things That Didn't Exist At The Start Of The 2010s But Are 100% Necessary Now

It's literally been the longest 10 years in the history of time.

1. Instagram:

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Instagram is perhaps the defining app of the last decade, which makes sense, since it actually launched in October 2010. But doesn't it feel like we've had Insta — and the influencers who came with it — much longer than that?

2. One Direction:

Theo Wargo

The boys debuted as a group on the 2010 season of The X Factor. Zayn left in 2015. But it feels like you've been singing "What Makes You Beautiful" for 20 years, doesn't it?

3. Tinder:

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Online dating was already a thing by 2010 (sites like OkCupid and Match had been running for a while), but the idea of a dating app didn't really come about until Tinder hit the scene in 2012. Yeah, Tinder's only been around for, like, seven years; isn't that crazy?

4. Literally any Netflix Originals:

Netflix

Netflix only started streaming in 2007, so it took several years before the company produced its own shows. But you might be surprised to learn that the first Netflix Original (which was House of Cards, by the way) didn't premiere until 2013. We've only had Netflix Originals for the past six years!

5. Taco Bell breakfast:

Joshua Blanchard

Taco Bell announced both its breakfast items AND the Doritos Locos Tacos in 2012, and I don't even want to think about what life was like before then.

6. Game of Thrones:

HBO

If you read the books, then you may have known about Westeros as far back as the '90s. But the TV show premiered on HBO in April 2011, so before then, none of us truly knew what Jon Snow's butt looked like.

7. iPads:

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Back in 2010, we were still using the iPhone 3Gs (with only 3G data...4G hadn't rolled out yet). That same year, in April, the first-generation iPad came out. The rest is history, as they say.

8. Basically, any Marvel Studios movies besides Iron Man:

Marvel

Iron Man premiered in 2008 (and The Incredible Hulk followed shortly after), but literally every other movie in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe hit theaters in the 2010s. None of us had any idea that the guy from Not Another Teen Movie would make such a great Cap before this decade.

9. Minecraft:

Microsoft

If you'd asked me, I would've guessed that Minecraft came out in, I dunno, 2005? But no! This block-building game only entered our lives in 2011. Maybe it feels longer because your nephew wouldn't shut up about it for, like, two years.

10. Uber and Lyft:

11. Sharknado:

SyFy

Doesn't it feel like the first Sharknado movie came out decades ago at this point? Well, it premiered in 2013. That's how long the last six years have been.

12. Pinterest:

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Pinterest launched its closed beta in March 2010 and only had about 10,000 users at the start of 2011. So while Pinterest kinda feels like old-school internet at this point, it's really only about nine years old. Pin that to your board of "things that make me feel like the last decade has been a weird time warp."

13. Snapchat:

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Snap launched in 2011, and now everyone just uses Instagram stories. Never forget where we came from, people.

14. Siri:

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Did you know that Siri was originally a separate iOS app in 2010? It was! Then Apple bought it, and Siri as we know it was integrated into iPhones in 2011. Personally, I can't even remember a time before I yelled at my phone to set an alarm.

15. Duolingo:

the duolingo bird when i haven’t been active for two days

Duolingo launched for the public in June 2012, so while it SEEMS as if that owl has been shaming you via reminders that you're slacking on your language learning for a decade, it's really only been about seven years.

16. FaceTime:

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Remember when FaceTime started rolling out in 2010, and everyone was like, "Why not just use Skype?" And now here we are nine years later and basically everyone uses FaceTime? Good times.

17. Postmates:

When the postmates delivery guy calls me I always let it ring for a bit. Don't want him to think I'm desperate

There were other food delivery apps before it (hi, Grubhub), but nothing captured the imaginations and wallets of people with late-night munchies quite like Postmates did after it launched in 2011.

18. The Voice:

NBC

Maybe it's because there've been a million different judges and it feels as if there were two or three seasons every year, but The Voice only debuted in America in 2011 (it premiered in Holland a year earlier).

19. Friends streaming on Netflix:

Mood after finding out Friends AND The Office are leaving Netflix

You've probably watched enough Friends on Netflix to make you think that it's been on there since streaming started, but the classic NBC comedy only joined Netflix streaming in 2014. How you managed to watch every single episode 350 times since then, I do not know.

Have we forgotten anything? Let us know in the comments below what debuted in the 2010s that feels much, much older to you!

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