For the first time in the history of mankind, the new generations show a lower IQ than that of previous generations.
According to studies, the mental faculties of young people are declining and at the same time increasing their psychological distress, from eating disorders to self-harm.
As reported by the website www.stateofmind.it, from 1938 to about 1985, through the industrialized world, the IQ of the population grew.
The first to observe it scientifically was the scholar James Robet Flynn and the phenomenon then took the name of Flynn effect.
THE REVERSE FLYN EFFECT
But from the early 2000s onwards, an inverse trend began to be observed, the IQ, over the years, rather than the population going up, going down. Many have tried to explain the causes of this fact, many hypotheses have been proposed and several scientific studies have dealt with the inverse Flynn effect.
In 2004, a first study was published in Norway, the same as they did in Denmark in 2005, which attributed the decline to the small number of children who had access to advanced school programs.
Another work from 2008 marked developing countries as at risk, while Flynn himself in 2009 attributed a possible responsibility for nutrition, particularly to the British population.
For the first time, in a Norwegian research in 2018, part of the responsibility was also attributed to technology: in addition to schooling and the reduction of time spent reading, there was also excessive use of video games on the Internet involved.
The responsibility of the web
The publication of the book is in these days “CocaWeb. A Generation to Save” by Senator Andrea Cangini, Journalist by profession.
After his dissertation, the decline in the average IQ colpa of the web that generates addiction like drugs.
The volume is based on a cognitive study of the relationship between digital technology and students, conducted by the Senate Education Committee, and collects contributions from psychologists, neurologists, psychotherapists, educators, and sociologists. “The misuse of social media, web, chat, video games stimulates the brain to free the neurotransmitter from the sensation of pleasure, like cocaine. In all the activities that are done on the internet, the brain does not train,” he said. Cangini, a journalist and former director of Qn, emphasized the need to regulate the digital world in order to protect those under 14 years of age.
“If we do not find it abnormal for a child to drink, smoke or drive, why should we not also find it abnormal to have children locked up in their room with the internet?”. Among the hypotheses that are considered, including those of “the big web companies equate with the big tobacco companies, they encourage a percentage of their sales to invest in information campaigns to say that the web is bad for minors”.
THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL
For the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, Intervening in a video link to the presentation of the book, banning the smartphone in the classroom is not enough: “The school must educate children and rediscover the function of collective life, in which no mobile phone is needed. We do not work with children not knowing how to use the benefits of digital, but to educate them in the use of these tools. “
Nunzia Ciardi, Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Agency, warned about the risks children run online. “There is a disturbing increase in some crimes against young people, but against children. Complaints of solicitation between the ages of 0 and 9 have grown, which means that there are children who are left alone in front of the screen for a few hours allowing solicitation. , “he said. “Reports of sexual extortion in the 0-13 age group have also grown, so have children who have been sexually assaulted and blackmailed.”
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