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Dumber as you get older


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I did a traders market in Rapid city the last two weekends and I found out that according to some younger people I talked to that older people are dumb and get dumber as they age. I was told that gold an silver are a stupid investment, they are just shinny rocks. If you want to make money just buy stocks. I ask which stock market they were in? The answer was there is only one. I asked what stocks they buy? The answer was they just give their money to a fund or broker and the broker buys the stocks. I asked what stocks they own? No one could name a stock.  I am no expert in stocks but when I asked them questions all I got was blank stares, maybe that is what dumb looks like!   Jim

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3 hours ago, DarkChameleon said:

The kids of today think they are as smart as their phone or laptop, the electric goes out and they are numb to the bone, they can't keep a conversation going for 20 minutes without looking at their phone.

Twenty minutes?  Don't you mean two and a half minutes?

Can dumb people really have Smart phones?

Simply having the knowledge of the world at your finger-tips does not make you wise.

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Reaction times get slower for sure but I thought IQ was fairly stable as you aged? These young uns are poor examples of 'smart' by the sound of it, they need a bit more knowledge and experience; the kind that comes with getting older :lol:

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The urban youngster when asked “do you know where eggs come from?”, replied “from the supermarket” 😂 

“Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack”           - Benjamin Franklin -

 

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I have had some odd experiences lately that make me question my sanity. 

  • 16 year old nice - when told by her mother shes going on Safari - was excited. Is now depressed to the point of not going when she realised she wont have decent data or wi fi connection. Doesnt understand WHY, 
  • Dude at the office - 24 years old - didn't actually recognise what passion fruit was when still in its just plucked state that I brought in. Was genuinely astounded that it looks like that. 
  • Then there was this 30 year old that didnt realise that diamonds are mined and didnt know the difference between cubic zircon and diamonds. Just thought cz were a lower quality diamond lol. 

Then there is this: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OADXNGnJok

 

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1 hour ago, Au79 said:

The urban youngster when asked “do you know where eggs come from?”, replied “from the supermarket” 😂

Unfortunately this is all too common. I have a family member who has a small holding with 100's of free range chickens and supplies eggs to various local businesses. A year or so ago we started asking people (mainly oldies like us!) why they didn't buy our eggs and the answer was that ours came out of the backside of a chicken - we did ask where they thought the ones in the supermarket came from and the answer was usually 'they are made in a factory' apparently no chicken, duck etc was involved in the making of an egg :unsure: (Anyone know where this factory is?:D)

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7 hours ago, sovereignsteve said:

Another way of looking at it, maybe, is that if today's young don't regard PMs as worth buying who's gonna buy yours off you in the future?😮

But the young people get older and then a few wise up after a lifetime of mistakes.

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“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”


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  • 3 weeks later...

I despair at the lack of general knowledge the young seem to have. No interest in many things if not found on their 'smart' phone!

Sad that someone doesn't want a genuine (and expensive) experience they will carry in their memory for life if they have to go without Wi-Fi and Data connection while having the privilege of such an adventure.

I'm secretly waiting for a major power/signal outage. What will the young do? Can't wait!

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On 13/08/2019 at 05:06, DarkChameleon said:

The smarter the machine the dumber the operator.

If true. What does this make old people who can't work smart phones? 

In my experience with 'machines' the more techincal and 'smart' they get the higher level of training and experience the operator needs to have. 

I don't know if you mean only smart phones as machines. However, i work in a factory where the majority of the older workers are being fazed out because they cannot operate the newer machines which are 'smart'.

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“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

- Socrates

Fast forward 2000+ years and not much has changed.

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5 minutes ago, JosephM said:

If true. What does this make old people who can't work smart phones? 

In my experience with 'machines' the more techincal and 'smart' they get the higher level of training and experience the operator needs to have. 

I don't know if you mean only smart phones as machines. However, i work in a factory where the majority of the older workers are being fazed out because they cannot operate the newer machines which are 'smart'.

I'm older but technology is a.jumping thing, if you skip one step you get caught behind like math class used to be, its not a new thing, we can't invent in a vacuum any more, we need to leapfrog from previous ideas so if you didn't learn version 2.5 you will struggle to understand version 3.

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On 13/08/2019 at 07:38, Au79 said:

The urban youngster when asked “do you know where eggs come from?”, replied “from the supermarket” 😂

And if you asked him where the supermarket came from he would have said the egg!

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