Wide angles definitely have become more popular during the last decade and it is true that their use has become somewhat excessive.
The fact that extreme wide angle lenses, that were exotic and expensive tools 20 years ago, have become cheap mass produced items now also may have helped this. Personally, I find this trend somewhat tiring. Especially in people photography, I find it rather accounts of a lack of technical knowledge, not to say good taste. Nothing against a good WA architecture or landscape, but today the shortness of focal length used sometimes seems immoderate to me.