Are We Dumb? : Is It Bad? Essay

822 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Are We Dumb?
With the creation of television and the internet, there has been the long-standing debate about whether or not these advancements are helpful to the human race. Every single advancement in the field of technology is met with controversy and dislike. Many people believe that the technological advancements are more hindering to younger generations than helpful. However, the advancements made for the younger generations are giving them a new grasp on learning and intelligence.
One of the main arguments made by opponents of the technological advancements is lack of knowledge that the younger generation has. “[I]n the 2007 Pew survey on “What Americans Know: 1989-2007,” 56 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds possessed low knowledge levels, while only 22 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds did” (Source 1). The argument itself holds some water. Many people in their early adult years do not retain as much trivia as the adults in the later years of life. But look any closer than face value, and the argument starts to show some holes. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, knowledge is defined as information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education. It is difficult for 18- to 29-year-olds to present with the same ratios of low level knowledge when knowledge is not just based on education but also experiences. With an age gap of about 36 years, the 55- to 64-year-olds have doubled the experiences and learning opportunities that they 18- to…

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