Nowadays, we are living in a modern age where access to knowledge and facts is at our fingertips. We can use our phones or computers to educate ourselves – but there is something wrong about this. Instead of becoming more intelligent, our IQs are dropping even more. Science looks for some answers as to why we are not getting any smarter.
1. What is the Flynn Effect?
During the 20th century, scientists noted that the IQ of humanity was going up. Human beings were becoming smarter and smarter all of the time. This uptick in the average IQ score also became known as the Flynn Effect.
The Flynn Effect is actually phenomena which describe an intelligence boom which happened throughout the 20th century. Each decade, the average measured intelligence when up by about three points.
Experts also believe that this impressive uptick was thanks to some better education, improved nutrition, as well as better health care. But, something happened after that, and one new study revealed that the Flynn Effects seems to be all over now.
2. What does the new study reveal?
At the time of the new study, a team of researchers from the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research of Norway analyzed 230,000 IQ results of men that joined the national service between 1970 and 2009. The team has found that for each generation, the score dropped for about seven points on average.
However, this does not exactly mean that we are getting dumber though. This has not also stopped a lot of experts from finding the results of the Norwegian study to be incredibly troubling for humanity.
One person, named Stuart Ritchie of the University of Edinburgh, who was not involved in the study, said:
This is actually the most convincing evidence yet of a reversal of the Flynn Effect. If you assume that their model is correct, the results are going to be impressive, as well as pretty worrying.
During his decades-long research, the London-based researcher, named Edward Dutton, found similar results. He has found that in a few Western countries, which include Germany and France, the average IQ dropped.
He was also part of the documentary ‘Tomorrow; Everyone’s an Idiot,’ in which he claimed:
We are becoming stupider. This is occurring, and it is not going to go away. We would have to try to think about what we are going to do about it.
Nowadays, we are living in a world where we have all kinds of knowledge at our fingertips. We have easy access to different facts, and we can educate ourselves with only a few simple clicks on our phones or computer. So, why is there a drop in the average IQ?
3. Another research is saying IQ is not related to genetics.
Other research about the dropping of IQ has found that it does not have to do with genetics. Across the familiar spectrum, IQs are falling everywhere, turning this into more of nature, and not a nurture problem.
The researchers on the study also explained that the trends are not because of the changing composition of families, and that there is at most a minor role for explanations involving genes (for instance imagination and dysgenic fertility), as well as environmental factors which are largely fixed within families (for instance parental education, socialization effects of low-ability parents, and family size). The influence of these factors is negligible compared with some other environmental factors.
Tyler Cowen, who is a Marginal Revolution blogger, as well as an economist, told Inc.:
In other words, we have started building some kind of more stupidity including the environment.
However, scientists are still struggling to find the cause of this problem.
4. Shift the blame on technology, quality of education and outdated IQ tests.
There are a lot of people that tried to shift the blame onto technology, and how we have become so reliant on it. However, that theory was not stomped out since the decline first started in the 1970s.
Also, it could have to do with the fact that people are reading less these days, and instead they are filling their time absorbing more “trashy media.” So, the quality of education was declining pretty rapidly.
Another problem may also be that IQ tests are outdated. They tend to measure our crystallized intelligence, all those things which we have been taught and remember, as well as education has evolved, and it does not focus as much on memorization now. However, scientists are still working hard to figure out the exact reason for this problem.
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