To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force One, and on the basketball court, Michael Lewis learns the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who sent Stark into combat.
Dig far enough back into your Pocket saves and it becomes a little like opening a time capsule. Wait—why did I save a Wikipedia article about llamas in 2015? Oh, right. What we save is a record of our interests, aspirations, questions, and even obsessions. In aggregate, what people save to Pocket provides a fascinating snapshot of what has captured our collective attention over the years.
For Pocket’s 10th anniversary, we looked back at the top-saved article for each year since we launched in 2012. Over the years, we’ve seen a few dueling impulses. Readers have turned to Pocket for help understanding the world and how to live better within it—from articles about the inner workings of the Obama administration to how computers literally work, as well as practical advice about parenting and careers. But they’ve also shown deep skepticism—even weariness—of the impact of technology and social media, and the relentless pace of modern life. Articles about information overload and burnout make the list again and again.
And we can all admit: The web is often overwhelming. But we like to think Pocket can also be part of the solution—a space to get away from endless social media feeds and doomscrolling and to spend time with the things that matter to you. We hope it continues to be your trusted guide to what’s good on the internet for many years to come.
Here are the top saved stories for each year of the past decade.
News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether
Our career path is how we spend our time, how we support our lifestyles, how we make our impact, and even sometimes how we define our identity. Let’s make sure we’re on the right track.
I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.
The neglected middle child of mental health can dull your motivation and focus — and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.