As we start the new year, we pause for reflection while also looking towards the future. The last decade saw significant changes in our lives from the Recession and economic rebound to the Obama era followed by the rise of Trump and the smartphone explosion.

With so many shifts and transitions, we were curious which changes our community members cite as having the greatest positive impact on their lives in the last decade. These advancements range from technology to the economy to social issues and the environment. We polled our community on this topic and 14,290 members responded.

Overall, 1 in 2 community members indicated that technological advancements have made the biggest positive difference in their lives over the last decade. While 1 in 5 community members indicated medical and health advancements have had the most significant impact on their lives.

Given the huge economic rebound in the past 10 years, we were surprised to see that only 9 percent of community members indicated economic advancement have had the greatest impact on their lives. And on the other end of the spectrum, only 4 percent of community members think that world peace and the end of wars and conflict have had the greatest positive impact on their lives.

Across generations, technology is cited as the most impactful change in the last 10 years. However, going deeper we see nuances. Millennials are more likely than their older counterparts to cite advances in civil rights as the most significant change. Gen X (age 39-50) are the most likely generation to indicate technological advances have had the greatest impact on their lives.

Baby Boomers (age 51-69) are more likely than the older generations to feel economic improvements have had the greatest effect on their lives. While Silent Generation (age 70+) is more likely to cite advancements in medicine as having the most significant impact on their lives.