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Has the internet made people more intelligent? Or do you think they now have a different set of skills based on modern technological advances

I’ve noticed kids these days are very socially aware, and very skilled in a lot of subjects, but many kids (I teach guitar to) lack basic language skills, and can hardly even count.
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The Internet has not made people smarter, it has given people the opportunity to make themselves more knowledgeable.
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I’ve noticed kids these days are very socially aware


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#5
No, it's given a generation the ability to copy and paste instead of actually reaching a conclusion or developing an opinion of their own.
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#7
The Internet has made people smarter and has made people dumber

The Internet has stolen people's lives and has given people lives

The Internet has created and has destroyed

The Internet has done many things, but more importantly, it has given us porn.
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Has the internet made people more intelligent? Or do you think they now have a different set of skills based on modern technological advances

I’ve noticed kids these days are very socially aware, and very skilled in a lot of subjects, but many kids (I teach guitar to) lack basic language skills, and can hardly even count.

That's just it, they have a different set of skills. While most are more socially aware, they are less social and lack basic person-to-person interaction skills. A lot of them hate talking on the phone but are more than content to text away because it takes away the human vocal element. The problem is no matter how advanced we get we will still need people to use their bodies for physical work, not just their mind.
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One thing I've noticed is that we are so much better at processing large amounts of information and prioritizing what is and is not necessary.

Watch an older person go on a website once. They will notice and get caught up on things you never would've paid any attention to. It's all unimportant junk like banner ads, though.

"Oh why is spiderman dancing on my screen? OH I can save money on car insurance!" *clicky clicky clicky clicky*
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yeah i think we're stupider 'cuz im that generations and we suck. I hate us.
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I can't be assed to find it, but I just read an article on how easy access to information has hindered our ability to remember. Not that we can't remember anything, but since we have all the information we will ever need at our finger tips, we no longer store it the same way passed generations have.
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More stupid, Excuse my grammar.

just for future reference, there is a little edit button at the bottom of each of your posts. It's there to use.
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I can't be assed to find it, but I just read an article on how easy access to information has hindered our ability to remember. Not that we can't remember anything, but since we have all the information we will ever need at our finger tips, we no longer store it the same way passed generations have.

Yeah, but if you have greater research and information processing skills combined with this access, you're better off.
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yes of course we are. anyone who tells you otherwise is one of those "everyone around me is so dumb i am really smart" guys
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yes of course we are. anyone who tells you otherwise is one of those "everyone around me is so dumb i am really smart" guys

I don't think I'm smarter, I just think everyone is dumb.
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The Internet has not made people smarter, it has given people the opportunity to make themselves more knowledgeable.



And probably only 10% use that opportunity, if that.
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As a child I was told
"Children should be seen and not heard."
Then the internet came and everyone's on facebook.

It's been quite the change.
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Every generation's IQ is like 3 points higher on average than the last ones IQ.
Which means 10 generations ago everyone was ******ed
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I can't be assed to find it, but I just read an article on how easy access to information has hindered our ability to remember. Not that we can't remember anything, but since we have all the information we will ever need at our finger tips, we no longer store it the same way passed generations have.



But seriously. I've also read in a few places that we're not so much storing information like we used to, but rather remembering how to find it. The algorithm sticks with us more easily than the end result. Hence why Google is so effective: it's not always easy to remember what it was we read, but we can remember the five words we used to find it, and that it was the third result on the page.
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But seriously. I've also read in a few places that we're not so much storing information like we used to, but rather remembering how to find it. The algorithm sticks with us more easily than the end result. Hence why Google is so effective: it's not always easy to remember what it was we read, but we can remember the five words we used to find it, and that it was the third result on the page.

Yeah, I think you've got it there.
Our procedural memory has improved while our semantic memory has weakened because we simply don't need it as much. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing either, since all the information is still there.
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The internet generation has access to more intelligence, but not using it makes them, as a whole, less intelligent. They've got more knowledge and facts, basically; more information, but they do nothing with it and defer to the lowest common denominator, which I couldn't honestly call intelligent.
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I think it's made people more aware and informed, so yeah. I remember the pre internet days, we were so ignorant.
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But seriously. I've also read in a few places that we're not so much storing information like we used to, but rather remembering how to find it. The algorithm sticks with us more easily than the end result. Hence why Google is so effective: it's not always easy to remember what it was we read, but we can remember the five words we used to find it, and that it was the third result on the page.

It's term paper deadline day, forgive me if I don't want search through a Uni Library database for an article not even relevant to my subject of study

But yeah, that's exactly what the article said, we know how to find the information, rather then storing the information itself.
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Dude, just Google it.

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Not really. We could be, but then you look at the amount of views that videos of cats or some idiot rambling on YouTube have compared to MIT opencourseware videos.

The information is there, but by and large it is not accessed.
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The internet has povided a more convenient way to find answers to questions that past generations just "knew". I do not think newer generations will bother to learn so called "useless facts" because it is at their finger tips.

Especially with the invention of smart phones, the interent has impeded the "fine art of conversation". If you need an example, go out to dinner and look around at how many couples are looking at their smart phoneThese days I find more kids are more socially awkward, and can't put intelligent sentences together. With Parents not helping their cause, the smart phone is now "the babysitter" even when the Parent is nearby.

Sorry for the rant. The internet is a great tool, though it has also hindered society as well.
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Not really. We could be, but then you look at the amount of views that videos of cats or some idiot rambling on YouTube have compared to MIT opencourseware videos.

The information is there, but by and large it is not accessed.

But you're trying to compare the intelligence of people now to other people that live right now.

Putting this current generation in context of previous ones, do you think these things are more prevalent? Or just easier to find now that anyone can upload their stupidity to YouTube? Sure, there are millions of cat videos, but I don't doubt that 50 years ago, people just looked at pictures of cats. 100 years ago, people probably just sat around and watched cats. Instead of rambling on YouTube, where people can refute your absurd claims, people 50 of 100 years ago just rambled on to their friends and relatives, who would believe them, since they had no evidence to the contrary.

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If you need an example, go out to dinner and look around at how many couples are looking at their smart phone

But is that situation actually caused by the smart phones? Or are those just boring people who, without technology, would've just sat and twiddled their thumbs instead of making conversation anyway?
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The Internet has not made people smarter, it has given people the opportunity to make themselves more knowledgeable.

This

These days, there's really no reason why a person (not within a third-world country) shouldn't know about a subject that interests them.
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trebor, I think you're in the wrong thread there, bud
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But you're trying to compare the intelligence of people now to other people that live right now.

Putting this current generation in context of previous ones, do you think these things are more prevalent? Or just easier to find now that anyone can upload their stupidity to YouTube? Sure, there are millions of cat videos, but I don't doubt that 50 years ago, people just looked at pictures of cats. 100 years ago, people probably just sat around and watched cats. Instead of rambling on YouTube, where people can refute your absurd claims, people 50 of 100 years ago just rambled on to their friends and relatives, who would believe them, since they had no evidence to the contrary.

I just used those as amusing examples. The fact remains that the flash games and frivolous bullshit of the internet is infinitely more popular than the educational stuff.

For people who would have sought that stuff out anyway, that's great. Most people aren't like that though. It's always been that way, the tabloids are more popular than broadsheets, shit tacky romance novels were always more popular than literature, etc. The internet is just another form of media, it's how people consume it that matters, and they generally consume it in the same way as they've always consumed media.
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The internet is just another form of media, it's how people consume it that matters, and they generally consume it in the same way as they've always consumed media.

I completely agree. I think the way people use media has leaned more and more toward learning and accessing useful information, but the majority of magazines are tabloids, the majority of pictures on the internet are porn and cats, the majority of best-selling books are garbage romance novels, etc.

In other words, I'd say the improvements we've made are small, but they are improvements nonetheless.
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