Compared to the technology we possessed before 1980, technology today is significantly more advanced in many ways, enabling communication and learning to continue to grow. The use of technology has increased dramatically in our everyday life, but it seems to be negatively affecting the way Millennials think and process information. Mark Bauerlein, an English professor and researcher, declares that all of those under 30 years of age, also known as the Millennials, constitute the dumbest generation of modern history. Neglecting beneficial opportunities that have been handed to them and instead using them for non-educational purposes as well as solely depending on technology to obtain information are main reasons as to why the generation we live in now holds the title of the dumbest generation. Students today have countless privileges and opportunities compared to those of prior generations.
Overall, it is clear to see that the Millennial Generation is almost the exact opposite of the generations before them. While this is not necessarily negative in all aspects of the generation’s traits, the differences have unquestionably started buzz in the media. As time goes on, it will be interesting to see how the newer generations behave.
Life isn 't something to go through. We all have our ecstatic moments and our bleak moments. But simple obstacles should not be the cause of the end of your battle. Although a struggle, Life is a blessing to experience something this admirable. Unfortunately, Not all see it this way.
Most 18 year olds, according to "’I Can’t Afford College’ and Other Financial Aid & Grant Myths", fail to understand that the wrong answer to a seemingly simple question, “what’s next”, could cost them over $1 million dollars! As detailed in “Six Reasons to Go to College”, Many young people fail to realize the failure to obtain a college degree puts them behind for the rest of their life, and without a college degree they are less productive and happy members of society. Students simply do not understand the statistics which show that over time, the income of people with a college degree is rising while the income of people without a college degree is actually falling.
In May 2013, Time Magazine journalist Joel Stein, his work usually found within the comedy section, wrote a popular article on millennials. This well-structured article was statistically supported, while incorporating his opinion and usual humor. His article “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation” is comedic while explaining how the millennials, despite their flaws, will benefit us. Millennials are the youngest generation living, known for their self-confidence and codependency. He mentioned some of their major flaws: entitlement, lack of respect towards authority figures, and they’re self-absorbed.
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. Many people have shown themselves to be smarter than the older generation due to technological developments, and the increased use of technology. Sharon Begley stated that IQ scores “ have been rising since the 1930s” and these “tests measure not knowledge but pure thinking capacity” (Begley, Source 2).
Albert Einstein once said that, “The only source of knowledge is experience”. Knowledge does not only come from a book. As a part of the Y generation, I have been told or heard countless amounts of times that it is the dumbest generation. Technology has been cited as the reason. Mark Bauerlein’s book The Dumbest Generation showcases this very ideal.
A college’s main sours of revenue in tuition money which as previously stated, is four hundred percent more expensive than twenty years ago. People who are seeking the traditional path into the work force are forced to pay these crazy high prices and are enticed by a pretty residential life and the thought of new found independents. The reality of student debt have not set in yet. Student debt is at an all-time high with an average of 29,000 dollars per student. Because of the tradition of going to school and the amazing residential lives, it can be easy to recognize the severity of the situation you are putting yourself in.
College tuition today is making students feel like the only way they will be successful after college is if they were already wealthy before they started college. Students feel like they are sacrificing their futures by getting a higher education. Instead of going into college with a positive mindset, they worry about how they will be able to pay back their student loans. There are plenty of students who need to take out multiple loans just to pay for one semester of college. The majority of students who have older family members didn’t have to experience the struggle that students have to face when it comes to tuition prices today.