Friday, February 13, 2009

Dumb Teenagers Getting Dumber

We all know that teenagers are dumb. Well, maybe not all of them. But those damn kids always on my lawn are definitely mouth-breathing morons. And now there's some scientific evidence to show that not only are kids these days idiots, but they may be getting even more idioter. Professor James Flynn of the University of Otago in New Zealand compared the average I.Q. scores of British teens in 1980 to those of today and found a two-point drop. Teens from middle class families, who typically have the highest I.Q.s, actually dropped by six points. This runs counter to the so-called Flynn Effect, which was a phenomenon also discovered by James Flynn that showed a steady increase in I.Q. in industrialized countries over the past century. Flynn doesn't know what's causing the drop, but he throws out a list of your standard suspects: peer pressure, rebellion, video games, text messaging, and all that other newfangled crap them kids are into these days. Personally, I think we just need to step up our efforts in shaking our fists at these hooligans. More details here.

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