reply to post by lostbook
I personally do not agree with this. I believe people have the same capabilities people used to have, although they simply do not realise their
Of course internet and also television play a large part in it, but there are many reasons for it.
One of the key factors is the time spent - not just time, but time with focus - on learning different things. Kids used to be much more disciplined
than nowadays. The whole multimedia and internet are extremely distractive and make people used to being constantly entertained. When schools do not
provide such entertainment, there are concentration issues and the quality of the education lowers.
I recently watched the movie "King´s Speech" (Very good movie, which I would suggest to anyone interested). There was kid that caught my attention,
the son of the speech therapist. He was a smart kid and in every scene when he was at home, he was constantly reading something and that was not some
entertainment novel without any real quality, but something academical
Although when talking about overally reading, let us be honest, most authors nowadays do not have very intelligent style, what matters more is the
action happening in the book. When looking at older authors, classics - Goethe, Hesse, Tolstoy, Dostojevski, Shakespeare - the writing styles, the
syntaxes of the sentences are far more complex with more advanced vocabulary - in one word intelligent . Sorry for going a bit out of the topic. That
kid made me think about my lifestyle, the lifestyle of other people I know.
What are we doing in our free time? In one word- insignificant things without any real value mostly. We spend our free time watching tv-series,
movies, searching around in youtube, facebook chatting, just googling stuff, some people gaming. It is just entertainment, nothing more. What if we
spent such time on learning something? What if we spent all these "thrown-away" hours on something worthy. It is likely it would be thousands of
hours, probably even tens of thousands of hours total all through one´s life.
The expectations from the schools have lowered a lot. Things are simplified so kids would have more free time to throw away on mind-numbing things,
which did not exist in the past. Sometimes there simply was nothing better to do, even for kids, than to study. There were no TV-s, no computers.
Either work or study. Probably studying is more interesting than chores
The nutritional quality has lowered a lot for many. The foods used to be much more natural, in many ways healthier compared to all the junk food
Yet, I wouldn´t say people have much lower intelligence, they are just too distracted to seek knowledge.