Yes, people from the 80s are smarter? How do I know, I was born in 1980. First hand experience FTW!
OT: It's not that people from any era are necessarily smarter, it's just how we perceive them. Between age, maturity, and overall life experiences, us old farts from the 80s have seen a lot. Oh, and by the way, I'll be 33 in a few weeks, nowhere near 40...yet...
I have trouble fitting my entire life into my life. I am extremely well rounded and self-sufficient because I'm naturally interested in A LOT of things. I'm sure people will always find things about me they don't like. It's easy for you to say, "oh they find you boring". However, If someone cannot find something about me that matches their personality / interests and they find me straight up "boring", then they are probably "boring" themselves. That's a HUUUUUUUUGE amount of things to hate. If an entire generation doesn't see that I have anything of interest to teach or share or enjoy with them as you and a couple other people suggest... then that generation is severely lacking as a whole.
Basically if you were born in 1984, your the best. end of discussion
Nah. We aren't getting dumber. And besides, people saying that all the teenagers are just so 'awful' compared to when they were in school...you do realize that every single generation has done that? We always look down at the newest thing, and reminisce about how our years were much better.
I think that today we have different kinds of knowledge. In the past it was more likely that someone would be good with cars or machinery than it was to be good at say Chemistry or Physics. Today, not counting my father or his friends, I know 1 or 2 people who can take apart engines etc.., while I know at least a dozen people who are majoring in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Look at technology, my father can barely operate a computer but I could go to a 10 year old child and he could do it flawlessly. These are really the only subjects I could see with obvious variances in, hmmm, knowledge levels(?) between the two generations.
Even suggesting the term "formative" is ambiguous. The fact Gen X goes up to 1983, as I previously stated in this thread, means that people are off on their timelines. Could one suggest a person's "formative" years are teen years? Yep. Same goes for the ages of like 2-10, which are extremely formative. This means that Gen Xers also experienced formative years in the 90s, depending on your opinion of what is formative.
basically the divide come from cell phones and internet. if you lived some amount of your memorable life prior to cellphones and internet, you understand both sides of what life was like. Kids thesedays only know one side, thats why they are so stupid. If you were born mid 80s then you fully understand both sides. Growing up without cells or net, then mastering both as they arrived.
Well to be fair people from newer generations are a little more adapt at say something like an older generation wouldn't be. Or how an older generation may be much more well informed on something another generation wouldn't be.