As the 2010s come to a close, and a new decade awaits, it is essential to reflect on what has occurred and what we can learn as we enter a new period. Upon reflecting on the last decade, one key word comes to mind, indecision. This concept of indecision has grown exponentially throughout the 2010s, and we must learn what has caused it and how we can deal with it into the future.

Indecision is defined as the inability to make a decision quickly. It grows when there are more options available, and that is precisely what the 2010s has provided.

The decade began with a couple of phones, and now there are hundreds to choose from. Visiting your local clothing store used to be quick as there were only a few colours to pick from. Now, the decision has become harder, as consumers have to determine which shade of red (out of the 5 types) suits the 10 different pairs of pants with your 6 different styles of shoes. Even the simple task of buying food or going to a restaurant has increased indecision, with almost every cuisine represented in a shopping centre. During this decade, many new things have been created, leaving a simple choice between A and B, turning into a complex mathematical equation between A, B, C, D and all the way to Z.

We have too much choice and this has resulted in an exponential increase in indecision.

Although indecision can stop impulse decisions and ensure the correct choice, it can also have negative impacts. It can make you miss a significant opportunity; lose something you really want and stall experiences with other people. Indecision also occurs because people fear to make the wrong choice. However, often this period of stalling doesn’t change anything. It won’t change how the pair of pants fit you in the change room, or how the sushi tastes. It only prolongs the inevitable and if nothing else reduces the amount of time you have available.

Indecision has plagued the 2010s due to the increase in options. Although it seems as if this issue will only get worse in the 2020s, change can occur, and the concept of indecision can become part of the past, just like the 2010s.

One vital way to overcoming indecision is to forget the fear. If you can’t make a decision, there is a good chance that you’re afraid of something. It is crucial to figure out what is causing the fear and consciously setting the fear aside to make the decision that seems best to you.

Another way to deal with indecision is to focus on your emotions. Over-analysing things can lead to a state where no matter how much information you have, or how much logic you’ve applied, the decision isn’t going to get any easier. Setting a time limit on different decision-making activities can control the period of stalling, and then pick the option which you feel would do you the best. This simple action can help to deal with indecision and assist in making choices which you personally desire.

The last way to stop indecision is to always look at the decision with perspective. Will this choice I’m about to make matter in 5 years from now? What is the long-term impact of this decision? Being realistic about the risks involved in a decision can be influential in ensuring that the correct choice is made, and the amount of indecision is reduced.

The 2010s can be defined as the decade of indecision. The increasing materialisation of society has led to headaches as individuals try to determine which product suits them the best. Although taking your time to make decisions is important, indecision can have negative impacts on us all.

As a new decade approaches, let’s all leave indecision behind and enter into a new decade where we can all make smart, beneficial and efficient decisions.

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7 thoughts on “2010s: The Decade of Indecision

  1. I had a few minutes so decided to read this. 🙂 I love this: “Will this choice I’m about to make matter in 5 years from now?” This is something that can also help you see the importance or severity of the situation. It may be something you need to really think about or it may be something that doesn’t really matter much (like color of pants). Great post!

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  2. I am rarely indecisive … perhaps I am strange in that, but I do agree with you that there are entirely too many choices these days, most not much different than the next. And you have now explained for me the lady at my local grocery the other day who spent 3 whole minutes deciding on a can of green beans. She was blocking the aisle, and finally I was prompted to say, “Lady! It isn’t rocket science, for Pete’s sake … it’s beans!” And I picked a can and put it in her cart and said, “There … decision made!” My attempt to be helpful didn’t seem to please her, as it earned me an angry scowl. 🤷

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    1. Haha it can be difficult when there are so many options, it makes the decision so much harder! Interesting how that works. More new things and innvovations are being made each day, so the issue will continue to become worse unless we recognise it and break it down.

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