Is Our Generation Becoming Increasingly Stupid?

Is Our Generation Becoming Increasingly Stupid?

Cassie Osvatics, Op-Ed Writer

In our world of iPhones and Androids, with Facebook and Twitter at your fingertips, is our generation becoming stupid? Sure, you could argue that having such technologies so readily available would actually give us the tools necessary to become a productive member of society. Having all of this knowledge in our hands just waiting to be tapped in to would give us all the information we could want, need, or desire. But are we using it to our best advantage? We have all of this technology and information available, not even having to look things up in those mythical things in libraries that our parents used to use. This should give us better grades and test scores and we should all be able to get into college, but that’s not always the case.

With all the social networking sites accessible from the palm of our hands people have new means of making relations. They don’t even have to pick up the phone and call someone or talk to them face to face. But does that make us socially stupid? You would think that because the internet is in our hands our generation would know what’s going on in the world, yes the world. Not everyone our age knows what’s happening in foreign countries or even what the Arab Spring is, for example. Mr. Denny a Global Diplomacy teacher here says “Young people need to advocate for themselves and become a force in politics through social networking. There’s too much at stake for students to not know what’s going on in the world. They have the resources and they need to use them.”

So is our technology making us stupid? Well, in a way, yes. We’re able to use technology, edit pictures, and make mini movies with little effort. But the fact that we don’t use it for knowledge and understanding of things or the fact that we don’t feel like talking to someone does kind of make us stupid.