yes. our air, water, and food are all poisoned yet we continue polluting, more worried bout trivial matters like the grammys. consumers are blind to their ignorance. 3rd world kids know wsup and every hood, project or ghetto deals with these conditions. the schools suck and no one here gets proper education while the middle class thinks everyone gets a fair chance. thats dumb.
I absolutely think so. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we really don't have to try anymore. No one has to put any effort into acquiring knowledge because any knowledge you could ever want to acquire can be summoned in 5-10 seconds from the internet, which so many of us have 24/7 access to. You don't have to retain information because it can always be re-summoned. I remember as a kid learning about people like Beethoven, and Mozart, and Picasso, and Monet, and looking at the world around me wondering what the history books would say about us, and who our Beethoven is, but the thought really just depresses me, to be honest.
If it weren't for the internet I would probably have developed my fluid intelligence into something a lot more concise and useful. Before the internet I was an avid reader, and I would pick up on things quickly. Middle school the internet was available and my grades crazily dropped along with my attention span, and the influence of crazies online drew my obsessions. SO I'm going to go with yes.
I do not think so when I compare my self with the elders of my family. I am a first generation college student and out of high school I knew how to do things my family did not know, but I have been provided more opportunities than the older generation. It is up to the individual to take the opportunities for them self's.
As for what appears to be people acting dumb. I think that is from there being so much in the world that we can do compared to previous generations who could not do as much as a whole. The previous generation knew a whole lot about one thing where this one knows a little about everything.
As for creativity I think it is up to the individual. I think most people lose their creative side around middle school and high school. That is the point where fitting in is a huge deal. Its a personal choice of being normal or being creative.
I think so...I have 6 bookshelfs full of books...I'd rather hold a book in my hand and look it up than let a computer do it...and as for reading I's still rather hold the book than use a Kindle...it may be easier to look stuff up on eletronic devices but it's not smarter...if you put a dictionary in front of a student they look at you like you've lost it...sorry but basic skills are being lost to the internet in my book...
I agree with a lot of people above me... I think we've become more lazy, not dumb. I also think we have more useless information which I think helps move toward overall knowledge. "When in doubt, google it" -I google my ass off. We are open to so much more opportunity to expand our minds, now, with the internet.
When Homer was around, everyone would recite elongated poems from memory. When writing and instruments to record things were invented, Socrates and Aristotle were very against it because they said we would lose our ability to use our brains to memorize things. Obviously not right?So now that we have the internet, we have the ability to rely less on our brains and more on Google, so that we may use our brains to store more convenient items...and such. -Carl Zimmer is a fantastic scientific writer :)