The Importance Of Technology And Knowledge

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In his book, The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein claims that those who constitute the population of individuals under the age of thirty are members of the “dumbest generation”. He even goes to such an extreme as saying, “You guys don’t know anything,” (Bauerlein). However, is this not true? In today’s society, the students in the education system have gone from genuinely attempting to learn subject matter to simply just caring about letter grades and percentages, rather than retaining the knowledge which they are taught. In today’s technologically savvy world, any information one needs, is just a click of a button or the tap of a screen away, allowing one to get by in society as long as they have the basic, fundamental skills needed to …show more content…
As technology grows and advances, the general knowledge levels tend to increase as well. Yet, why is it that despite all the breakthroughs and advancements in the technological world today, knowledge levels seem to be regressing rather than progressing? “...knowledge and skills haven’t kept pace and the intellectual habits that compliment them are slipping,” (Source 1). Opportunity to raise general knowledge is ever present yet through the simple ignorance and lackadaisical attitude of today’s young, they have refused to exploit their special circumstances. “Young Americans have much more access and education than their parents did but...the advantages don’t show up in intellectual outcomes,” (Source 1). Through the utter negligence of the young generation to absorb subject matter, there has been a direct relation to the drop-off in intellect. Instead, these same individuals choose to just recapitulate information which seems relevant to the topic without gaining an upper echelon understanding of the …show more content…
With society so focused on using the intangible Internet to research and locate information, they forget that there are other more reliable options available in the form of books. While the Internet may have an abundant source of quality information, it also has plenty of misinformation as well. Facts and statistics that can be found on the Internet can often be edited by the Everyday Joe, meaning that not everything that is seen on the Internet is in fact valid information. “They may start with a Google search or ‘lurk’ in chat rooms to learn more...and receive feedback from others online,” (Source 3). Some of the sites that are used for finding and reciting information don’t provide one hundred percent accurate data and through the laziness this same generation has displayed, the spread of misinformation grows exponentially. One person spouting inaccurate acts as a catalyst and from there the issue rapidly evolves as more and more individuals take the false information as truth. information Without digging further to ensure that the figures found are legitimate and valid, inaccurate information is used by one to create the guise that the individual in question is well versed on the topic, adding legitimacy to the argument that those of

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