Are we getting dumber?
The older generation likes to say that we are the “generation of morons”. Is the new generation really dumber than their parents?

Are we getting dumber? The older generation likes to say that we are the “generation of morons”. Is the new generation really dumber than their parents?

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Answer 1
May, 2021

The question is posed incorrectly :)

Firstly, in ancient times the older generation had such thoughts. This is due to the fact that, having gained experience and knowledge, people extrapolate it to their youth and cannot adequately assess themselves in the past.

Secondly, judging by work experience, for a couple of decades there has been a decrease in erudition (do not confuse with thinking), which is due to the development of the Internet. If earlier there was a need to remember the acquired knowledge, now there is no such need - you can always find it on the Internet.

The new generation is neither worse nor better, it is just different.

Answer 2
May, 2021

The problem is not in intelligence, in education. Tins are devoid of a worldview, life for them is a mosaic of facts and opinions. Their humanitarian training is infinitely weak. This is not stupidity. But this is a moron. In which the young cannot be blamed.

Answer 3
May, 2021

Oh-oh-oh! And that younger generation ever paid attention to the grumbling of the older!

As for the mind, education and lack of it, read here. And everything will become clear to you. In our time, everything is changing so quickly that we no longer understand where it is, the new generation, because every five years the characteristics of life change ...

Answer 4
May, 2021

Of course, the younger ones are dumber, in our opinion, according to our standards and norms of upbringing.
Certainly the older ones are dumber. Even because of their age: the reaction is not the same and the memory fails, the knees do not bend, they constantly grumble and ...
Which of them is more to the right of the right?

Answer 5
May, 2021

Yes, no matter how regrettable it is - dumber. But the older generation completely in vain does not see the fruits of their own deeds in this! Did the "generation of morons" come up with mobile communications, the Internet and various devices that effectively replace the brain? Noooo. All this was invented by us - the older generation. We made you morons. Because it's more convenient that way. And our smart, educated children will rule you. And, long live the new world order.

Answer 6
May, 2021

no, on the contrary it is smarter. The older generation feels this and tries to belittle (assert themselves (according to the law of hierarchy)) those who are younger. Of course, there are people from the older generation who are very wise and knowledgeable, but they will never say that the younger generation is dumber. If you take people in general, then how genetics endowed education. Someone is stupid, and someone is very smart, and it does not depend on age.

Answer 7
May, 2021

Resenting the stupidity and stupidity of youth is a good tradition of the older generation at any time - from Ancient Greece to the 21st century. People who yesterday themselves were this youth, today are already amazed at the "stupidity of the new generation." So the question is partly related to purely psychological errors of perception. With hindsight, it seems that at 17 you were smarter, and the current teenager is incapable of anything. Even if later a Nobel laureate grows out of this teenager.

But still there are some facts that testify, if not about the “debility” of the modern generation, then about a massive deterioration in cognitive functions. Pay attention to the content that is present on the network - short videos and notes, extracts and selections, retellings of books for 10 minutes of reading are popular. It is more and more difficult for the modern user to grasp the meaning in the text, to hold attention, to "wade" through poorly formatted material ("sheet"). Books and articles are generously illustrated, because otherwise the reader simply loses interest. It is more and more difficult to hold and concentrate attention. How many times have you noticed that you click from one video to another, that after 1-2 minutes you have already lost the essence of what they are telling you?

Of course, content producers, understanding these features, try to simplify it as much as possible. And this creates a vicious circle - people with already reduced brain functions receive information in a simpler form, depriving the brain of the opportunity to strain and train. The result is that very clip thinking.

The well-known Russian psychotherapist Andrey Vladimirovich Kurpatov, for example, actively uses the term “digital pseudo-debility”. He argues that a person who is actively immersed in the modern digital environment gradually acquires the features of a person with debility, while not having any congenital abnormalities.

The cause of the problem is the dramatically increased flow of incoming information. Our brains have not evolved to cope with all this. But he can be trained.

Here are some tips to help protect yourself from pseudo-debility:

  1. Pull yourself out of the endless circle of content consumption. Receive information selectively and dosed, try to work with physical media, not electronic versions, which are full of distractions.

  2. Don't follow the path of simplifying information - read complex books with a lot of smart objects.

  3. Spend 15-20 minutes every day training the higher mental functions of the brain: attention, thinking and memory. This can be done with the help of smart Wikium simulators, which are created based on the research of neuropsychologists. Wikium allows you to develop cognitive functions and their properties in a playful way. After registration, access to the entrance test opens, which will show what state they are in now. Next, an individual training program is formed, which is built according tothe principle of gradual complexity. It will not be too easy or boring for you, but at the same time it will not be too difficult and tiring.

Answer 8
May, 2021

Dull or wiser, degrading or progressing ... What's the difference at all, if all these are subjective definitions, the products of the mind that pass from hand to hand? Each new generation lives in a newer, dynamically changing information space than the older one. This is an eternal problem of fathers and children - people of mature age always and at all times, relying on their gray hair and notorious life experience, strive to teach young people something and often condemn and reproach what they themselves simply cannot or do not want to understand, comprehend and accept. Damned fools! That is why I hate grumbling old fiends who have long since dropped out of life and who can only one thing - to die. But there are also adequate, interesting and young at heart elderly people, to whom, willy-nilly, you will listen. What's wrong with them? But they just kept up with the times all their lives, did not fall out of trends. This is the only right decision in life - to follow the dynamically changing world around, the interests of people, scientific discoveries ... Without all this, a person will turn into a disgusting old man-grumbling, from whom others will expect one thing - "when will you die?" / p>

Answer 9
May, 2021

Now everywhere they force this topic and by the way the schoolchildren themselves force it (who else is there to do this). And I bet, those same schoolchildren who are really narrow-minded)
I am now 30, and from my communication I can say that those who are now 15-25 may even overtake in development and erudition, for example, my peers, and even more so those , who are now for example 50+. I think this is due partly to technical progress, partly to the evolution of our society

Answer 10
May, 2021

A very strange question, frankly. According to some criteria, we "lag behind" the elders, hence phrases like "I already worked / married / had a child at your age," according to some we have gone far ahead. De facto, each new generation, despite the "lack of spirituality and degradation", about which everyone shouts with great eagerness, is smarter than their parents. Children who are 3-4 years old know how to use a phone, a computer and have an account in several social networks. What could you at 4 years old?

Personally, I think that all this bravado is like “in my years the grass was greener, and the sun shone better, and I generally knew how, and this, and you're just sitting on your ass at the computer your "is greatly exaggerated. There have always been both smart and stupid, and, according to statistics, concentration has definitely not changed for the worse.

Answer 11
May, 2021

I'll go a little into "that spy", but still.
I somehow wondered why in the 18th century everyone wrote poetry, played the piano, knew at least 2 - 3 languages ​​and, of course, read books, but now it is very difficult to find a person with at least one of them, but to complete set is not possible at all.
Thought, thought, and understood: the minority has always been smart. This is the golden rule. Smart people are always in the minority.

And now on the question: no, we are not getting stupid, tastes and entertainment have simply changed, and now our interests are incomprehensible to the older generation, and people tend to consider everything incomprehensible as stupid. Alas.

Answer 12
May, 2021

The main theses have already been expressed.

But I have another important one in my piggy bank. And how do you compare? I mean, you now live in your own era and the state of mind is not clear to you. And to whom is it clear? In my humble opinion, the derivation of the general coefficient of stupidity, if not from the evil one, can be very approximate.

For example, I will never undertake this objectively. Why? If I live in one city and display the average for the hospital about the welfare of people, am I objective. And even if I move to another city if I drive around Russia? I have one social circle, albeit wildly wide, talking about the state of minds now or now and then, I will simply use the favorite mental trap of people - false extrapolation. Whoever you see around and with whom you communicate often speaks more specifically about your life.

Therefore, individuals are unlikely to come close to an objective assessment. Moreover, we only touched on objective factors. A subjective view of the ability to think is generally lost for our research.

Stupid , like smart people, there are in any deer. They are not tied to an era, country or anything else. There were no stupid eras. There were times when, for various reasons, fools were in power, when progressive thoughts were suppressed. I do not think that the balance of the reasonable in the 5-9 centuries, about which there is an idea of ​​\ u200b \ u200bthe domination of barbarian, somewhat backward tribes in Europe, and in the 6-3th centuries BC were very different. We just associate the first era with barbarians, - the second with the classical era of the Ancient World: philosophy, architecture and all the priests. Again, the question of sources and views.

I have a very wide circle of contacts: from drug addicts and cattle to intelligent professors (this, by the way, does not define who is a moron, who is not). But I have long been convinced that the balance of talent and stupidity in all generations is stable and only slightly varies. You just need to be still firm and not allow fools to assert that he is right or that he is smart. If such a fool, by virtue of power or popularity, determines the era, the lesser of our evils is that the elders will call our generation a failure.

Answer 13
May, 2021

Okay, I will briefly tell you the essence of the video that I attach below. If we take until the 18-19th century, then each subsequent generation was smarter than their ancestors thanks to natural selection (the adapted survived). This meant a huge infant mortality rate, a low life expectancy (remember the phrase: "An old man of 40 years old entered"), however, all those who lived up to puberty were, at least, not stupid.

With the development of such a thing as "medicine", we allow the absolute majority to live up to 20 years and multiply, and given the fact that the% of idiots (I'm not talking about a clinical term) who were born 200 years ago and have not changed now, then taking into account that that they survive in modern times, yes - they become more and more every year.

Read more :

(Konstantin Kadavr. Watch his cycle "obvious things". May clarify something)

www.youtube.com/embed/i0m9K4loOr8 ? wmode = opaque

Answer 14
May, 2021

It's not about stupidity, it's about the availability of information, in my opinion, information is now so accessible that there is simply no need to look for something, learn something new and generally make any efforts. To be honest, I cannot talk about Russian youth, because I just don't interact with them, I judge by my Italian students, who are between 20 and 25. And I can say that they are not stupid, but they are "dark", they they know little about the world, even about their culture and what is happening in their own country. They are a kind of tabula rasa, living in their own world and knowing only about what directly concerns them. Everything else is superfluous. Sometimes you just want to scream: WHAT ARE YOU LIVING IN A CAVE ?! But you look into their innocent eyes and you understand that they are not to blame for this, it's just that times are changing and people are changing too, and this is not bad or good - just a fact.

Answer 15
May, 2021

people tend to get a little dull with age. some do not grow dull slightly, some retain a sharp mind until very old age (rarely). on my own I see that after 35 I started to slow down, and my 20-25-year-old colleagues think faster. so age is not a sign of intelligence. age is a sign of old age))

Answer 16
May, 2021

Yes.

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Answer 17
May, 2021

I believe that this is a more philosophical question, for this reason I will give several sayings. They relate to young people in general, as such, but perfectly correlate with the essence of the issue.

  • Our young people love luxury, they are badly brought up, they mock the authorities and do not respect the elderly in the least. Our children today have become tyrants; they do not get up when an elderly person enters the room, contradict their parents. Quite simply, they are very bad.

  • I have lost all hopes about the future of our country if today's youth take the reins of government tomorrow, for these youth are unbearable, unrestrained, simply terrible.

  • Our world has reached a critical stage. Children no longer obey their parents. Apparently, the end of the world is not very far away

  • This youth is corrupted to the core. Young people are insidious and careless. They will never be like the youth of the old days. The younger generation of today will not be able to preserve our culture.

The first phrase is borrowed from Socrates (470-399 BC); the second at Hesiod (ca. 720 BC); the third saying belongs to the Egyptian priest Ipuver, who lived 1700 BC. e. ; the fourth was discovered quite recently on an earthen pot found among the ruins of Babylon. This pot is over 3000 years old.

Answer 18
May, 2021

"Even the ancient Greeks grumbled that, they say, the youth went wrong, they don't respect the elders, they abandoned science ..."

Stanislav Drobyshevsky

Answer 19
May, 2021

Apparently, from the autumn I will be teaching, and then we will check the current generation who came to universities for humanitarian education.

As for the generation in general, to begin with, I'm an old fart. I am 39. This should be discussed, because now I will get tired! So, the younger generation cannot be called stupid. However, there is one but. With total access to information, guys and girls are largely lazy. You shouldn't ask young people how we used to be, they say, have they learned the lessons. But you need to follow the course of their thoughts, and note how they are able to FIND (in the same internet) what they need. But here I just feel lazy, and lack of desire for knowledge, as well as obtaining information. Although, perhaps I am over-exaggerating, and everything is not so in reality. But, if everything goes well, then I will check it in practice already in the fall

Answer 20
May, 2021

I will not answer directly, but will start from afar. In part, I already belong to the generation that thinks young people are stupid. I will explain one of the reasons using my example: I was born and formed in an era when there was still no Internet, no mobile communications, no super-services, without which young people can no longer imagine life. And I, like all my generation, know how to solve problems - household and workers, using pre-Internet methods. For example, I myself can do repairs, fix electrical and plumbing, etc. without calling the appropriate service. At work, I can scrupulously process large amounts of information presented in a boring and unreadable language, dig deep, draw conclusions, etc. These are the consequences of the Soviet education. In addition, if there are problems with communication and the Internet and I cannot contact the office I need, I don’t break my ass off the chair and go to sort this office personally. This is often a shock for fashion designers. It never occurs to them. But earlier problems were solved only in this way. Now about the situations in kororyh my generation says about young people "well, stupid." For example, two managers are working at adjacent tables. They are solving an urgent task of calling potential customers. And suddenly, oh horror, the Internet is cut off for an indefinitely long time. It becomes impossible to search for new contacts through it. What does the young man do? He, as a rule, gets lost and waits for the Internet to be adjusted. What does the old one do? He climbs onto the far shelf and pulls out paper directories with company phone numbers. He goes to a nearby kiosk and buys the magazine "Work and Salary" where these phones are also available and starts calling again. This is just one example. You can bring a lot of others. The common thing is that when young people find themselves without modern technical tricks, they often get lost, do not know what to do. And the "old people" just remember old methods of work and continue to solve problems. Not so effective, but the main thing is to continue.

Answer 21
May, 2021

The new generation starts its journey from the point at which the old one stopped - I don't remember where I heard this phrase and I can't remember the authorship.

I had to live from one drunkard hear your question with an indignant face. I told him to troll him “we are so stupid that we don’t charge water in front of the TV, hmm ... what if you can fill the tank instead of fuel?”. It was obvious that he was thinking about something and fell silent. (By the way, later I found out that he hanged himself.)

Even if every old generation is smarter than the new, then we would have cars, computers, the Internet, the ISS, airplanes, hadron colliders? ... Of course no! And tomorrow the cars will be more perfect, the Internet is faster (I remembered that 15 years ago I had a dial-up), smartphones are more functional.

I have to admit with bitterness, yes, I'm not as gifted as I am today the late Alan Turing, Richard Feynman, Alexander Bell, Socrates, Hannibal, Thomas Edison, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Archimedes, Newton ... In general, we are the same generation as 100 generations ago, just a lot more information passes through us, someone absorbs it, someone filters it out. Things that once would have been called utopia are now reality. Without a doubt, humanity is getting smarter by making small leaps in technology development :-)

Answer 22
May, 2021

In any generation, the percentage of stupid, "unicellular", floating with the flow and the percentage of people developing remains. Statistics say that about 5% of the population in any society develops, and this can be tracked in mini-groups (school, institute, work). The majority will always degrade. This does not mean that everything around is rude trash, but the framework of their perception is limited. Age has nothing to do with it. In their own way, the older generation is stupid, and the younger does not lag behind, it just manifests itself in different ways.

Answer 23
May, 2021

Such statements are akin to statements by teenagers that their parents are not interesting. That they (teenagers) are trying to develop, that they will reach heights, that they have ambitions. And their parents ... Oh, such boring and uninteresting, stupid people.

These statements have the same problem: they implicitly imply "I know everything that you do and can objectively evaluate it." Therefore, when a teenager considers his parents uninteresting, we know that the problem is in the adolescents, and not in the parents. If they grow up, they will grow wiser, but for now let them be offended as much as they want by the uninteresting parents. Likewise, when the older generation says, "You are morons, but we are really nothing," they act as teenagers. Teenagers who, alas, will not grow up.

Answer 24
May, 2021

Controversial issue. On the one hand, the goal of a large proportion of today's youth is to earn as much money as possible. At the same time, the number of narrowly specialized specialists is growing, because all "unnecessary" information is eliminated. Information that, in our opinion, does not contribute to the expansion of the wallet. While the education of the USSR was considered the best in the world. It turns out that people of that time should have a broader outlook. However, to be honest, I do not observe this in practice. Take my parents, for example. Of course, a lot has already been forgotten, how many years ago they unlearned, but at least the basics should have been preserved in memory.
You can't put the stigma of stupidity on all modern youth. Morons have always been, are and will be, as well as decent and educated people.

Answer 25
May, 2021

" I already worked at your time! "

Most of the previous generations lived in an era when their homeland was developing, that is, people had to work hard and save. Thanks to the savings made by previous generations, this very homeland has passed into the status of a developed economy. And a developed economy always switches to service.

It is the service part of the market that is developing. People no longer need to go to the bookstore, they can order a book on the Internet. And books are becoming many times cheaper, since the demand for information is growing, and the production of e-books does combine minimal costs, therefore, prices are falling. The same thing is happening in other industries. For example, television and cinema, tourism and extreme sports also belong to the service economy. And their prices have dropped many times over. Young people no longer need to plow in the factory And the older generation cannot accept this. Their style of “work and strive for yourself” is not relevant, because young people can achieve the same standard of living by working several times less.

The consumer economy dramatically changes people's habits and interests. We read Lermontov less and prefer fashionable clothes. But this does not mean that we have become dumber. We have become more efficient at times. Whoever says what, but the productivity of the world economy has grown tenfold. This can be achieved only if there is high-quality human capital, because technologies start only when smart people appear. For the past generation, the mind is about working and reading a lot. Today, intelligence is cunning and efficiency.

Some economists will say that global growth is speculative, they say, it's all the work of the central bank. And to some extent they will be right. But they are only right for the last decade, because central banks entered the game only after the crisis of '08.

Answer 26
May, 2021

It seems to me that this is a matter of expectations and language. The older generation tries to speak to the younger in their own language, the younger to the older in their own. For both of them, the foreign language is given poorly, this entails a mutual uncritical idea that the other generation is stupider - it does not understand well what they are talking about.

This is a common problem for generations, but the older generation has an additional problem of expectations and, accordingly, disappointments. I have a suspicion that the mechanism for forming expectations on average is as follows: the older generation has, firstly, they themselves, and secondly, their older generation, for which they themselves were younger. The older generation sees how they themselves have changed in one way or another in relation to the older generation, and makes an unreasonable linear extrapolation of the change in these parameters further to the younger generation. Naturally, in most cases this does not work, hence the disappointment of the younger generation - they expected something different from him.

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