- Vincine Fallica
- Saranac Lake, NY
- United States
Is the population becoming more stupid?
I just had to sign an employee receipt for a corp. 'Distracted Driving Policy'. Basically it says, ‘Don’t do it.’
Of course I’m aware of the distracted driving & piloting incidents and accidents that have made the media recently. I’m also aware of: the financial crises triggered by bad mortgages; people who have being ‘caught’ by large overdraft, credit, & debit card fees; people who have been surprised that the information they posted on the internet, is actually seen and read by others. And so on and so forth. Risks to me, that seem obvious.
I don’t remember this much stupidity exhibited by the general population 20-30 years ago. I’m not to saying governments and organizations didn’t do dumb things, I’m saying it seemed to me that, generally speaking, my next door neighbor knew enough to pay attention to the road when they were driving.
Maybe I just have to get this off my chest but I have to ask; Is the population becoming stupider?
Closing Statement from Vincine Fallica
Many responded stating objective data, I.Q. tests and the like, don’t support the proposition. Opinions seem to be it only appears people are becoming less intelligent because opportunities for distraction by modern technology have increased. I don’t know that I buy that. I don’t know that in the past, people who were driving had to be told not work on crossword puzzles, or to turn around and talk to their back seat passengers, etc.
The answer I’m most satisfied with suggested it was not that people were becoming less intelligent, but less disciplined, or perhaps less self-controlled. That sounds about right.
Still I’m astonished, but perhaps no longer surprised, that such a thing as a corp. policy on distracted driving even has to exist.