Mark Bauerlein, author of ‘The Dumbest Generation’, argues that today’s youth has had a decline in academics due to new technology in today’s economy. In retrospect, we’re growing up in a different time than the generation before us; the world and it’s products are different as to be expected, and with them we must learn new materials than they did. Today’s generation isn’t ‘dumb’, instead we’re adjusting to the times and retaining different knowledge than the generations before us.
Dumb is defined as not being able to read or write. In every generation there are changes among each generation after another to a certain extent. In today’s generation it is solely based on the uprising of complex technology being used. Past generations have only heard of writing handwritten letters by mail or only having a telephone to communicate. Now today it is about text messaging, cellular phones, emails, and etc. There is an ongoing debate to whether this new form of technology is positive or negative to the under thirty generation. In the book “The Dumbest Generation”, Mark Bauerlein claims the under thirty generation is the “dumbest” generation to be known. The under thirty generation is not the “dumbest” generation because they are able to process information in a different creative form, engage in technological games to sharpen their minds, and use advanced technology
Millennials are people born in the 1980s or 1990s, also known as members of Generation Y. By many, this generation is viewed as dumb, lazy, and incoherent. Despite all of these accusations, after reading numerous sources, it is evident that the claim that the under-thirty generation is the “dumbest” is inaccurate because Generation Y has to adapt to more things at a quicker pace, has a financial struggle that is almost unbearable for young adults, and has to
The average teenager goes on their phone about 80 times a day (Gregoire). In other words, kids like to use their phones. Why not let the students use it in class to help them get an education. Schools suggest that cell phones are a distraction and will be used for socializing. This is why most schools in the U.S. don’t permit cell phone usage in class. Cell phones in class can be quite helpful for students to get quick facts and for teachers to easily grade assignments. Although cell phones aren’t allowed in school, schools should permit students to be able to use their phones in class for educational purposes.
Cell phones aren 't only used for being on social media and distracting kids, nowadays, there are many other benefits when it comes to use of electronics. Cell phones should be allowed in school not only because a study shows it makes students happy, according to a study conducted in 2005, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener found that happiness causes success, but also as an aid, in case of an emergency, and for easier communication skills.
Of course, the teacher does not have total control over each student, there are means by which an instructor can yield the results she/he is looking for. Although our authors both bring up strong points about the use of cell phones in classrooms, they sometimes overstated the degree to which they are disruptive. The authors also give a good idea as to how the reduction of cell phone use would help classrooms become better learning environments with more respect for instructors and peers and how one’s grades have the possibility of improving once their cell phones have been put away. If purely stating these ideas to students would not help the students use their phones less, then incentives or penalizations can be offered by the instructor to make such a problem
O'connor, E. (2009). The dumbest generation: How the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future (or, don't trust anyone under 30), by Mark Bauerlein. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008, $24.95 hardbound. Academic Questions, 22(2), 234-239. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12129-009-9102-1
Older generations tend to believe that young adults, who are thirty years old or younger, are the “dumbest generation” ever. However, these young adults are not actually dumb, they are able to think more critically and deeper which helps them gain more knowledge and become more intelligent. It is invalid to compare the past with the present because in the present, technology and other developments are far more superior.
For this project, I went to the University Center main lobby to observe people’s behavior. In this space, there are many people who were walking around, sitting at tables, and going to classes. This public area can be accessed by anyone for most of the day, except at night. I decided to sit toward the back of the lobby area, so I could watch everyone while they went about their business. I noticed several different behaviors between people. Some of this behavior seemed to be normal while others, I noticed that were different and I have never noticed it before. Some behaviors also bothered me.
Even though banning cell phones reduce distractions in the classroom, phones should be allowed in the classroom, but restricted to school work because it offers more learning opportunities and gets kids excited about learning. By researching for this paper I have learned the benefits and the negative effects of technology, both in the classroom and in the outside world. Through this research I have also learned about the different technologies that have been developed to keep distractions down in the
Do you think that generation Z is the dumbest generation, or the smartest generation? Whatever you think may or may not change during this essay. I firmly believe that our generation is the dumbest generation. The reason why that point was stated was because the average American will spend up to 10,000 hours on playing video games, rather than reading a book, or reviewing for a test. We rely too much on electronics, smart phones, or Google. People do not really pay attention to anything that is around them, or in front of them.
Technology has been expeditiously changing over previous generations. Those born between 1946 - 1964 are classified as Baby Boomers, and from 1995 - 2012 are catergorised as Generation Z. Over the years, youths become more connected to their mobile phones and given up and lost real connections and relationships? The behaviour standards and the influence from Baby Boomers has significantly altered towards the youths over the past decades. Generation Z has an overall population of 82 million worldwide, with the oldest turning 23 and the youngest turning 6 (Robinson, 2018). As part of the research, Shane Lynch was interviewed from the Generation Baby Boomers. He is 57 years old and runs his own business. The technology world is forever changing,
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein is a commentary on the culture of Generation Y and its lack of basic knowledge and intelligence in a society inundated with easily accessible information. At the dawn of the digital age, those who had navigated adolescence and adulthood without the aid of the internet looked on to the forthcoming generation with eyes full of hope, anticipating an influx of well-educated, web-savvy children ready to fix the world. These hopeful gazes, according to Bauerlein, were met with an uneducated mass of bobble heads lacking basic knowledge engrossed solely in the lives of other teens or twenty-somethings.
Despite the fact that cell phones may be used for educational purposes, phones should still be banned from schools due to texting and posting, cyberbullying, and a use for non - educational purposes. As a student, I am faced with the problem, “No Cell Phones in Classrooms”. Many students like to bring their cellphones in class. The one problem however is, “What are you doing with your phone?” You could be doing anything you want with that phone which is the one problem with having it with you in the first place. You could be texting someone, or playing games. “Who knows”. However, I will be sharing some of the biggest problems of having a phone with you in class and how to solve them.
We live in a media age in which every possible information is just a few clicks away and social media has become integrated into our everyday lives as a source of entertainment, information and communication. It is especially true for the generation of students who are currently at lower and upper secondary schools and who basically grew up surrounded by modern technological advances, including social media. Palfrey (2008, p. 5-9) calls this generation “digital natives” and claims that because these students grew up in a digital age they have different expectations of what knowledge and experience they should receive in schools since information is readily available for them on the internet. He also states that digital natives learn new information in a different way