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Old 07-31-17, 08:17 PM
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Driving and TV both make people dumber

Okay, this is a bit like pointing out that the sun rises in the east, but someone actually published it. Have a nice chuckle.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-a7855416.html

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Old 08-01-17, 05:36 AM
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How about spending 2 - 3 hours in front of a computer?
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
How about spending 2 - 3 hours in front of a computer?
Or even worse, believing everything read on the Internet is true as long as it fits an idiot's preconceived notions and biases.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
How about spending 2 - 3 hours in front of a computer?
Heh. You may be onto something. When I click on the link I get the following message: "The webpage cannot be found"
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Old 08-01-17, 04:18 PM
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Don't tell the roadies. They like to spend hours in the saddle.
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Old 08-01-17, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Heh. You may be onto something. When I click on the link I get the following message: "The webpage cannot be found"
Try this...
Driving for more than two hours a day makes you less intelligent, study finds | The Independent

I don't know why, but the OP link isn't parsing quite right.

BTW...
“Cognitive skills were boosted in people who used computers up to two to three hours a day,” he said. “When watching TV, your brain is less active but using a computer is stimulating.”
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Old 08-01-17, 04:47 PM
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Don't tell the roadies. They like to spend hours in the saddle.
I suspect cycling, being more interactive, may not quite have the "densifying effect."
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Old 08-01-17, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Try this...
Driving for more than two hours a day makes you less intelligent, study finds | The Independent

I don't know why, but the OP link isn't parsing quite right.

BTW...
Sorry. It's fixed now. Perhaps those two weeks I just spent with my in-laws, who leave the TV on all day, had some effect.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Try this...
Driving for more than two hours a day makes you less intelligent, study finds | The Independent

I don't know why, but the OP link isn't parsing quite right.

BTW...
I suspect that reading articles on Internet sites that require/request ad blockers to be turned off is a sure sign of lowered intelligence.
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Old 08-02-17, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
How about spending 2 - 3 hours in front of a computer?
You must not have read the article:

However, Mr Bakrania’s results suggested using a computer to work or play games increased brain function.

“Cognitive skills were boosted in people who used computers up to two to three hours a day,” he said. “When watching TV, your brain is less active but using a computer is stimulating.”
Especially when you're visiting adult sites, I'm sure.
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Soon we'll be able to drive and watch TV simultaneously. Nirvana.
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
You must not have read the article:


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See post 6.

You must not have read the thread.
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Oops. Too late.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Soon we'll be able to drive and watch TV simultaneously. Nirvana.
Cell phone and Netflix FTW! Actually my son already does that. But he's in the back seat and not driving...
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Cell phone and Netflix FTW! Actually my son already does that. But he's in the back seat and not driving...
So is he getting twice as dumb?
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Don't tell the roadies. They like to spend hours in the saddle.
LOLOL
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Old 08-03-17, 06:29 AM
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And dont forget smart phones. Kids these day think they dont need to waste their time learning anything since they can just look it up on their smart phones.

Einstein was right. Clear back about 1910 he said as soon as people develop machines that can think for them, people will become stupid.

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Old 08-09-17, 04:04 PM
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And dont forget smart phones. Kids these day thing they dont need to waste their time learning anything since they can just look it up on their smart phones.
And to an extent they would be right. I am a member of the first generation of students who had calculators readily available. As a result I can't do math in my head nearly as well as those just slightly older than me But so what? Never stopped me from understanding higher math concepts like calculus.

I spent weeks in college learning how to graph complex functions by hand. Guess what my son did in those same classes 20 years later?

Proper use of technology can allow you to learn faster, not make you dumber.
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Make that driving, TV, cell phones, and college. Have you seen how really dumb college student are when interviewed by the "man on the street" programs.
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Only dumb people fall the the 'man on the street interviews' as an accurate view into average knowledge.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Make that driving, TV, cell phones, and college. Have you seen how really dumb college student are when interviewed by the "man on the street" programs.
So are they interviewing freshmen co-eds... right out of high school, and perhaps enrolled in the MRS degree program... There are a few of those on every campus.

Or are they interviewing seniors about ready to "enter the world" with some sort of serious degree... (IE not basket weaving or "recreation...")?

I doubt the random selection process of these interviewers is all that random. ("Look for the cute girl... ")
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So are they interviewing freshmen co-eds... right out of high school, and perhaps enrolled in the MRS degree program... There are a few of those on every campus.

Or are they interviewing seniors about ready to "enter the world" with some sort of serious degree... (IE not basket weaving or "recreation...")?

I doubt the random selection process of these interviewers is all that random. ("Look for the cute girl... ")
When these man on the street interviewers to a one are asked how many people did you have to talk to to get those 6 or so shown. They reply only 7 or 8. I find it incredible how little young people know that should be general knowledge.
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When these man on the street interviewers to a one are asked how many people did you have to talk to to get those 6 or so shown. They reply only 7 or 8. I find it incredible how little young people know that should be general knowledge.
Sure only 7 or 8, but they use their own bias and target a particular group... hoping to get dumb answers.

All it takes is waiting outside the local "Quad" or "Hub" and choosing your "victims" correctly.

Go sit outside the library, or the halls of science and see what answers come back.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Sure only 7 or 8, but they use their own bias and target a particular group... hoping to get dumb answers.

All it takes is waiting outside the local "Quad" or "Hub" and choosing your "victims" correctly.

Go sit outside the library, or the halls of science and see what answers come back.
I would bet pretty much the same.
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Note that the study is of those of middle age and offers the basic premise that we're all getting dumber in any case. Driving and TV just increase the rate.
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