People "from the 80s" don't necessarily had to have been born in the 80s. It's the time frame in which you grew up. So a guy born in 1975 was most certainly a 80s kid and he'd be closing in on 40. Tell me, do you really recall that much from before you were 5 or 6? I know I really don't, I recall some memories and have a general vague hazy picture of my years during age 4-6 but not with much clarity.
Kids "from the 80s" were born in 1974-1983. Later then that and I'd say you're more of a 90s kid.
Rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh. You touch my mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding.
You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.
I was 13 years old in 1985 and was trying to communicate with people from USA via the Bulleting Board System. It was very expensive and very exciting. I was using a 2400 bps modem. For comparison, a DSL 10 MBit line is 500 times faster.
When I was born the film "Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing" was created. It had a vision and now the vision is reality, it's even better than the vision.
I recommend everyone born 1990 and later to watch this to understand how awesome and fast the developement has been. Now imagine beeing there when every major breakthrough became reality.
It's a blessing and wonderful to be part of this history.
Actually, there was some interesting work in this area in the UK, which showed that there were several competing effects on average intelligence. Low-int people tend to have more children, which pushes avg int down, while nutrition is still pushing int up. It's not impossible for avg int to fall from generation to generation.
But int as measured by IQ test is a limited subset of the talents and inclinations that over time make up real world effectiveness. I think things like the mobile phone, the Internet and its effect on the difficulty of acquiring knowledge and skill, and maybe the influence of screen-based activities at an early age definitely have an effect on the peripheral things around IQ which act to multiply intelligence into skill.
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My great grandparents said every generation after theirs was terrible.
My grandparents say every generation after theirs is terrible.
My parents say every generation after theirs is terrible.
I say every generation after mine is terrible.
You can see where it is going. :P
Also I've seen the clothes, style and appearance of people from the 80's i wouldn't really consider that to be the "enlightened" generation :S
Why do all machines and equipment from 80's/ 90's have a strange colour to them? Kind of like a mucky cream...makes everything look dirty :S
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Nice Examples: Queen, Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson (Thriller, the most sold album on the world, was released 1982)
On the other hand:
I think what it is, is that people from older generations have more common sense than people today. Today common sense is extinct anymore. Back then there were no i-phones or i-pads to figure things out for them they actually used their brains and figured things out themselves. Nowadays people's faces are glued to their media devices and become so dependent on them that they stop using their brains and they literally can't live without them and I find that so ridiculous. I think people from older generations such as the 80's and 90's are just wiser than the generation today, overall.
Being 21 and living in this time and seeing the things I see, makes me wish I was born earlier like back in the 60's or something so I can live through the GOOD times. I hate this generation.
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"What the heck you gonna do if you're on a picnic and have an ice cream and the ants crawl on the ice cream, what are you gonna do? You're gonna eat the ants because it's made out of protein."
For your health.
I'm sure this has something to do with the Go-Go's
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When I was a kid you never saw any homeless people for example, now you got people begging on the street(eastern europeans, swedish homelessness is still really rare). A lot of good things have happend in my lifetime though but I think the colder climate in sociaty has made people less considerate of others and I think it's important that people realize that so that they don't get left behind on the sidewalk.
It used to be "Look after your own house first... then see what you can do for others".
Now it's more like "Look after your own house first... and then see what you can gain from helping out others".
There is just less room nowdays for idealism and humanism.
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Shit like this actually goes through your fucking brain?
ITT people people who think teenagers today are stupid because they can't perform at the same mental level as someone twice or thrice their age.
Also ITT people who think they were somehow different...smarter, and more focused when their parents would probably have a slightly different opinion.
Get a grip man! It's CHEESE!
People have become to dependent on mobile devices/computers/any other similar staff because nowadays if you ever come across a problem you can just look it up on the internet and most likely find a solution, you dont have to think for yourself. why bother thinking about something when someone has already found a solution for your problem.
In pure intelligence i doubt people have become less intelligent. The difference is in problem solving, (yey, inc WOW reference) when you solve a problem you gain exp->more xp=level up->easier content. So basicly the more problems you solve the more theres a bigger chance you'll be able to solve other problems cause you are used to that way of thinking.
So i'd say base intelligence of ppl from '80 and newer generations is the same. The problem solving is the only difference.
Umm, I highly doubt it. Can't just generalise this by saying shit like "all the teens I've met are stupid and have no direction in life", 'cause you don't know enough teens to make a statement that will cover the whole of todays younger generation. Then again, I can't really argue against it 'cause I have no idea, but like I said, I doubt we're actually dumber today.
Comparing a teen with an adult... I can see nothing wrong in that... oh wait...
So comparing you(above average) to someone else who is also above average of this generation would be more appropriate. I'm only 20 so I would consider myself part of the "current" generation. I scored a 29 on my ACT, the way I dress is irrelevant really, I'm male and I don't dress anything like a female(also irrelevant), I usually have longer hair that if combed out straight can cover my eyes(yet again irrelevant), I don't act "retarded" in public but I will admit my personality changes around my friends(mostly irrelevant, I'll give it some merit though), there are quite a lot of girls that got pregnant in my high school (I think 5 or 6 throughout all 4 years), I know of a handful of people that didn't graduate on time but came back next semester and finished school, and as far as looking at phones another irrelevant thing. I don't see people "crashing" into each other all the time, probably only once or twice and I myself have never done it.
As far as instant gratification and the internet and other electronics are concerned how are they at all related to intelligence? My father failed to understand why everyday I wasn't outside doing something with my friends. There are different things to occupy peoples time now than there were 30 years ago. Just because it is different doesn't mean what you did is better than what I do.
Back to clothes again, what does being well dressed have to do with being intelligent? The smartest friend I have wears video game t-shirts and jeans regularly. (If you need his credentials he got a 35 on the ACT twice, and two perfects and a mid 500 on the SAT.) I hardly see anyone on my college campus walking around in dress shirts, vests, suits, ties and other nice clothes other than teachers.
I think one of the other posters hit it on the head. You yourself are just boring to people of this generation. Also as I pointed out you aren't the average person from your generation.
80's generation was born in the 70s, 90s generation born in the 80s, 2000s in the 90s and so forth.
Until you are about 10 it doesnt really count towards shaping you culturally, so give it a lag.
At op: they are adults and have life experience.... biggest difference there.
Also the 80s were in some parts an era of "extremes" which was quite good i guess to shape open minds.
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Being "from" the 80s would mean you were born "in" the 80s. Not in the 70s.
Born in 82 and I'm a genius. For that matter, maybe some folks should look up the actual Generation X time period, which extends up to '83.
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1982 here, just appears people born 1995+ were educated by different standards, have had access to the internet since they could crawl and seem to have lost their wonder about things, as it's offered on a plate.
A lot is down to parenting and schooling, and schooling has changed so much (here in the UK) it appears less to educate and inspire them and more to make sure they tick the boxes of whatever cirriculum is in favour.
Every generation is getting dumber. Aside from the hippies, people in the 70's are smarter than people in the 80's.