A survey by Pew which came out just before Xmas voted the noughties the worst decade in 50 years only helped by the changes in technology that have occurred since the millenium.
Clear majorities see cell phones, the internet and e-mail as changes for the better, and most also view specific changes such as handheld internet devices and online shopping as beneficial trends. There is greater division of opinion, however, over whether social networking sites or internet blogs have been changes for the better or changes for the worse.
But overall the decade is seen as negative
the 9/11 terrorist attacks are seen as the most important event of the decade, with Barack Obama’s election as president a distant second – even among his political supporters.