The Pew Research center recently conducted an experiment, where they gave both old people and young people 10 statements. 5 were facts, 5 were opinions. 34% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 were able to correctly identify facts as facts, while only 17% of people over 65% were able to do so. The older the respondents got, the fewer who were able to identify a fact as a fact. Same thing for the opinions. 46% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 were able to identify the opinion statements as opinions, while only 21% of the respondents over 65 were able to do so. It was the same pattern. The older the respondents got, the fewer statements they were able to identify correctly. So that’s good news, if you’re worried that the internet is making kids so dumb that they’ll never be able to hold the world together in the future. The Resident discusses.
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