Are kids smarter today then they were 25 years ago?

@tarachand (3895)
India
January 24, 2007 1:38pm CST
If smartness if equated to intelligence, then 25 years is too small a time for the human brain to have developed more (it is constantly getting newer and newer layers, but over millins of years). They are more gadet savvy and have more access to information. The internet has made geography history, the world flat (See Thomas Friedman's book on this), if just easier acess to accumulation of information is smartness, then yes, they are smarter.
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@sunita64 (6473)
• India
27 Jan 07
Yes due to exposure of TV and internet , kids are more advanced. They know more when compared to us at their age.
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
27 Jan 07
Smarter or more savvy, more aware, more knowledable? I don't think intelligence can increase over a short span of a quarter century. Thanks for your response!
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I think not really smarter or more advanced for the gains in tech they lose the knowledge of nature and the arts
• India
28 Jan 07
smartness is not intelligence it doesnt come by age it comes by experience.now a days kids have a lot of exposure and they get matured soon so they become smarter when they reach the age of 25
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@raisushkr (1399)
• India
26 Jan 07
ya rite now a child has all the info that he wants 25 years ago he would just listen to parents or grandpas but on few things now he knows abt all
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• India
26 Jan 07
yes i completely agree with u...i think one of the most important reason 4 this is increasing competition.....25 yrs ago u don't hve to push urself to that extreme as compared to now...n this competition start at the age of 3 like to get in to a good school n many more these things hve critically contributed to the smartness of today kid.....
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• India
25 Jan 07
The kids are more aware of the world than the children of 25 years ago due to the spread of computer and internet and other global media.They are also a bit smarter than the previous generation.The information is spread to every nook and corner in the world making it accessible to everyone.It is partly responsible for the kids being smarter today.The development of science and technology also is a factor for the smartness.
@jon8105 (131)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yes I believe the children today are smarter than the children 25 years ago, not because of the individual, but because children nowadays are taught more!
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• Pakistan
25 Jan 07
yep the reason for being smarter is not evolution but exposure to all sorts of media and information sources
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• Italy
25 Jan 07
for me , yes!
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• Philippines
25 Jan 07
yes i agree that children seem to be smarter today than before. i see a the following reasons for this: 1. Technology has contributed so much to making learning more fun and desirable, not to mention content/knowledge rich. (multimedia, internet, etc) 2. there are many foods and vitamins that develop ones brain. 3. Genetic engineering must have contributed to this as well.
• Nigeria
25 Jan 07
yes and no. Yes: we have access (easy as you say) to a much higher mass of information. this skills that come with this are basic reseach skills which allow us to navigate this mass and separate "usefull" from "extraneous" information. People of today have had to master "filtering" skills that were not needed 25-50 years ago. no: while I don't know what the academic situation was 25 years ago, certainly 50-75 years ago the students had to work much harder, the disciplinary and authoritarian structures forced people into much more "mastery of the material" as opposed to "mastery of the information matrix". I think that this is why the graduate school drop out ratio is much much higher today than it was: students who make it to the phd level of studies are finding that the graduate school style still retains much of the 1940's style... (comprehensive exams, defense of the dissertation etc) while the Bachelor and undergrad degree programs have changed significantly...
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• Indonesia
25 Jan 07
yes theyre smarter now... they can play with computer, games, and internet... they can use their parent gadgets (cell phones, digicam)... etc...
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
We used to have kite fights in India, that is we fly kites and try and break the other persons kite string with ours when the kites are airbourne, I was skillful -once I managed to cut about 16 kites before I lost mine becasue my therad had become frayed with the number of fights. You rarley see kites in the urban Indian skies now, as opposed to the sky being full of them about 25-30 years ago. Today my kids don't know how to fly a kite, let alone kite fight. There are a number of other sports that kids of today don't indulge in, that many did just 25 years ago, so does that make them smarter just becasue they can do things on a computer or electronic games, gadets, etc?
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24 Jan 07
Smarter? If they are it is because of the computer. Take away their computers and they freeze. They rely on technology way too much. Take away the computer and let them think for themselves. Don't let calculators in the classroom. Make them use libraries again. Do the research the hard way.
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@medooley (1874)
• United States
25 Jan 07
spiritwolf you took my answer... darn you! Children today learn different things. One of my cousins kid was in the third grade and they were teaching him the multiplication tables. We instead of the child actually learning them the taught them tricks for remembering them, rhyms and things like that. The kid had no idea that 5x5 was the same as 5+5+5+5+5.
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
As we move forward, cariculla will change, and the need of some knowledge is replaced by another, so basically what the two of you are saying is that kids are smarter because of technology, isn't in?
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@smuggeridge (2157)
24 Jan 07
they just learn different skills. Very few people had a computer 25 years ago so understandably not many kids could use them back then. I don't think kids are naturally cleverer, maybe teaching is now better and having access to more information makes learning easier but in terms of smartness i don't think there is any difference
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@opinder (421)
• India
25 Jan 07
exactly what i intended to say. why type it again?
@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
Thanks for echoing my thoughts and for your response!
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@webduck (238)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I think kids have less common sense these days, but they have more street smarts. How can those two go together? They don't understand how simple things work (like they have never painted a room, and don't know how to go about it) but they can negotiate their way through a school in a rough neighborhood. They have much more access to information, and much more quickly. They learn differently too. The 50's generation (mine) kept to the straight and narrow and followed the rules. Kids now just find a way around the problem, or out of the box. Bottom line: Kids are smarter, they just have better tools.
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
Is not knowing some of things such as painting, etc. really bad? ((I am not denigrating manual labor here) I mean if they develop their skills in some other aspects and fields that we could not even imagine or fathom even as recently as five years ago. They can always outsource the labor to someone who is meant for that particular job and use their skills to build and create value in their speciality.
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@shah_1448 (156)
• India
25 Jan 07
Yes, the kids are smarter then those of age 25yrs old this is because of the technology development in the world.The computer world has changed the life of everyone in teh world and made teh life much more simpler.
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
Smarter or more savvy? Thanks for your response!
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
24 Jan 07
They're being taught more, because that's what we pushed for. We realized that if we could have learned more in school, things would have been easier. The problem now is with all this technology, no one realy knows how much of the learned things are actually retained later on. Think about it. Before you programmed people's phone numbers into your phone, you either remember them, or looked them up, right? Now you just press a button and there it is. You're technically not smarter, right? I forget numbers now that I don't have to remember them.
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@tarachand (3895)
• India
25 Jan 07
Agreed, but then your mind is processing other data, maybe with another part of it being involved-a few years ago, people fumbled with TV remote controls, today small children perform complex tasks on the mobile, on X boxes, on computers - my 10 year old has been accessing the internet since the last 2 years, nmy older children learnt about this at a much later age. It is not as if the brain idles, it is more active today among kids than it was 25 years ago.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
You mean during human evolution, the brain has gotten bigger? Because I don't think that the brain increases in layers with time, it even decreases in aging (that's why older people have some memory lapses and poorer muscle control). Anyway, if the kids nowadays know more things than before, it's because of the tons of information that are being fed into their brain everyday. Even the things that they need to learn in school has increased. But have you ever wondered why the kids before, minus the privileges of computer technology and vast knowledge, turned out to become Einstein, Darwin, and the like? Just a thought. Your topic is very interesting. It got me to think.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yeah, you do have a point there. I think there is a possibility that they know more than they did than.
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@smille (831)
• India
25 Jan 07
i think its a theory of fraued tht every species improve with time, so our kids too follow the same!!!!!!!!!yes with every generation, i think mankind is going smarter, and if u rem such type of comments we to used to hear from our elders when we were young ....tht these kids are smarter than us. the only thing is the pace of getting smarter has increased!!! they can now easily operate comps and know more about cell fones and otehr gadgets, we cant play as fast as them the vedio games.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
But over a 25 years time field? Thnaks for your response!
@dks_ait (72)
• India
25 Jan 07
yes they are more well informed and since their birth they get the environment where everyone surrounding them has some smartness.. and in young age .. brain learns very fast.. thats fastest learning curve human goes thru in his life... so a child learns everything he gets in his surroundings.. and so they are more smarter....
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
more savvy, more aware, smarter?? Thnaks for your response!
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I do think that kids today are much more smarter than they were 25 years ago due to the advance in technology and the availability of other things. Kids are getting a early start on computers and doing more things than adults can on a computer these days. Kids also know how to get into more kinds of trouble than 25 years ago so that is a bad thing. Kids did not have all of or many of these things back then so they definitely have an advantage of many of us adults.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
My dear frined do you equate being more savvy and informed to smartness or intelligence? I don't, I feel that over the meillenia, human intelligence has increased only fractionally, and 25 years is too short a time to gage an increase across that span. I agree that they are more aware and more savvy, but I don't think that the general level of intelligence will have changed noticably.
@kapriusa (135)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes they are definatly smarter because of wide information available throught the media. You really don't need to teach them...they learn by themselves.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
Smarter or more aware, savvy? Thnaks for your response!
@subha12 (18453)
• India
25 Jan 07
KIds of today are definitely much smarter than they were 25 years ago. In my home i have seen that my 3 year old niece is really smart. she even surprises us with her smartness with every thing. may be we were not able to think the things at her age that she is doing.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
Smart or more savvy? Thnaks for your response!
@Multanee (268)
• Pakistan
25 Jan 07
off course they r
@tarachand (3895)
• India
26 Jan 07
smart or mare savvy, aware? Thnaks for your response!