Now for inteligence.
This graph shows that ACT score dropped sharply in the 70 then stayed relitively even for the last three decades with a slight increase.
Average SAT scores show about the same...sans a more pronounced improvement over the last 30 years.
So unless they are making those standard tests dumberer, then we really aren't much smarter.
Oh, and just because you are almost 30 and still get carded in no way makes you relatable to a 16 year old.
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Last edited by WarlockJack; 2013-01-12 at 04:04 AM.
Its not that people are now dumber, but they are good in other specialities. Older are more patient, more physical oriented than younger generation, because older generation's environment demanded that. This generation lives in fast paced thus, thus being patient is not virtue but multitasking is. Not to mention, older generation have experience on their side, considering they are still alive, they are genre savvy (common sense is not actually common, the stupid ones died already, the people surviving are one that are wise). Young people do not have the experience yet (but check on them in their 40s or 60s, you will find much better intelligence wise).
I think the OP more meant, people who grew up during the 80s. So people who wore born in say 1976 would be "someone from the 80s", because let's face it, if you were born in 1986 what do you really remember from the 80s? You were more of a 90s kid.
I think to qualify as a child of the 80s you'd have to be born in 1975-1984 and I suppose 84 would even be pushing it.
Last edited by Fahrenheit; 2013-01-12 at 04:10 AM.
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You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.
I was born in 1985 and I am the smartest man alive!!!
The generation to which you're referring was the first generation to have the Internet commercially-available. As teens, they had access to far more information than adolescents of previous generations. That generation was also the first to be raised by parents that had grown up during the sexual and female revolutions. As such, parenting was more permissive and kids experienced more of the secular world. That generation is also the first to be spared the horrors and atrocities of ground warfare. Finally, people between the ages of about 35-45 grew up with free time that didn't focus solely on stupid, boring shit. Drugs, concerts, video games, movies with CGI, etc. provided a confluence of hobbies that weren't about cotillion, sports and school dances.
Of course not, it all comes down to the individual.
I was born in 1983, I have 2 masters and a doctorate, and I know well that there will be many after me that are more intelligent. In fact, I welcome it. I hope the next generation is much more intelligent than I because it favors progression. My only concern is the dependency on the internet as a knowledge base rather than learning it as your own.
I'm sure I'd be incredibly stupid in comparison to my current self if the internet did not exist.