According to this article from CNBC:
Passive investing, made up of funds tracking market barometers, has now taken over nearly half the stock market as more investors shun stock-pickers and flock to index funds.
If this literally means that half of all stocks on the market are owned through index funds and ETFs, then there must be an increasing built-in resistance to recessions in the market. If stocks from many companies start falling for whatever reason and active traders/funds are selling loads of stocks, most regular people with a 401(k) aren't going to move out of index funds because it's easier to do nothing and people don't want to lock in losses. In this case, the market wouldn't fall nearly as far as it did in the past, making for a quick recovery.
Does this mean that, in the future, there will be no more Great-Recession-level market crashes?