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What are the 6 ways that the typical/average American has become LESS INTELLIGEN

  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 20 months ago

    What are the 6 ways that the typical/average American has become LESS INTELLIGENT

    & more like SHEEPLE w/n the past 30 years?  How does this factor influences the typical/average American to obsess/worship celebrities, not using deductive/inductive discernment when electing political officials,  falling for trends which aren't beneficial to say the least, & following people based upon likeability instead of qualifications/knowledge regarding a subject matter &/or being able to do the job at hand?


  2. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 20 months ago

    1. Distractions decrease your ability to think, and the always on media and constant disruptions via texting and pop ups mean that we're constantly distracted. Quality of thought declines, even if intelligence doesn't.
    2. Lack of sleep is as bad or worse for judgement as drunkenness. And between late night TV shows and constant media interruptions via texting to assumptions caffeine cures all, active intelligence declines due to lack of sleep.
    3. Immigrants who don't have to assimilate bring in a language barrier that makes it hard to work collectively. Collective intelligence and problem solving (per Wisdom of the Crowds) falls because you can't get ideas spread or vetted by debate.
    4. By valuing novelty for entertainment and then streaming it, the constant stream of flipping every few seconds between speakers and jokes means you don't spend time thinking about the jokes or plot. It also trains us to get bored if we don't get it fast and tune out, instead of thinking it through.
    5. We see problems due to feelings being seen as the arbiter of morality. When we allow the social justice warriors to say "I don't like it, it is hate speech, shut up hater, you're hurting me, say it again and I'll hit you", you destroy dialogue as well as education other than "don't say what offends someone". Ideas are proven when challenged and defended, improved by further testing and validation. When people can live in a thought bubble defended by cry-bullying and violence, you end up with people living with irrational ideas. I've even been told that facts are "hate facts", because the truth is evil because it doesn't fit their narrative, and what they feel to be true trumps what IS true. No one learns or improves that way.
    6. To make it worse is their demand to enter conservative groups with a conservative speaker and shout people down if not assault someone altogether (has happened to Ben Shapiro, Milo Yianapolis). When someone's idea of freedom of speech is the demand that you can't speak your ideas even in a room of like minded people, collective intelligence drops because feelings of the most extreme, irrational or insane take precedence.

  3. chuckandus6 profile image76
    chuckandus6posted 20 months ago

    I believe social Media has alot of people thinking they are super stars or if not wanting to be.because it is an unreal place where you do not have to be talented or intellegent to have fans and be followed.Sad truth is Social Media has brought our level of human_being_ness down alot.

  4. Say Yes To Life profile image81
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 19 months ago

    I don't believe Americans are getting less intelligent.  If anything, they're becoming more enlightened.  Our biggest problem is complacency, without regard to people who lack the basics we have like regular access to food, clean water, and education.  In that regard, they may appear less intelligent, but a healthy dose of reality should set them straight.