I must agree with Mrs.Lynch, People should not use the word ignorance to define lack of knowledge or disagreement with your point of view. Ignorance is when someone assumes that the knowledge they have obtained is correct regardless to knowledge presented to them.
When people are educated for many years they begin to assume that the knowledge they learned is correct and indisputable. Information is gained every year and knowledge that was once facts changes as new evidence is found to prove it wrong. Ignorance is growing not because of a people willing to ignore evidence. Ignorance is growing because information is changing so fast that people are becoming stubborn like rocks in a river refusing to update their knowledge.
When you are working sixty hours a week and have kids, what time do you have to research all the issues and come up with your own opinions? What you see and hear on the news you will trust, because everyone else does. Which itself could be a sign of ignorance - or just not wanting the extra stress in your life of having to argue with people. Then there are people who are not so much busy as lazy and want to be told what to think because it gives them a headache to figure things out for themselves. Actually that could probably just be called stupidity. My answer is yes, we are becoming ignorant because we just don't have the time or capacity for the extra stress that comes with researching issues, coming up with our own ideas, and defending them. Sometimes I think we are purposely kept busy by the powers that be for just that purpose.
Studies on presidential speeches show that the reading level required to understand said speeches has declined from Abe Lincolns time from a low college level to someone barely out of elementary school today. I think the issue is simply apathy. Most people don't care to see the world around them. We want simple to digest info (elementary speeches) that allow simple understanding. We chase celebrities or reality t.V., forgetting that we have our own lives to live. We become engrossed in another world (or someone else's) instead of investigating and remaining concerned for our own. I know people who can tell you every player in the NFL, their stats, and sordid pasts, but after that, most have nothing else to show. Few will even engage in a conversation about anything other than small talk. They are opinionless and prefer to stay that way, simply adopting whatever stances or opinions their parents/peers, favorite news station, or political party adopts. I don't know if this is as true at large, but it was my experience in my high school.
The average high school senior here in the US cannot answer any basic questions about our nation's history. They are at the bottom of the pile amongst developed nations in mathematics and science knowledge. Americans are repeatedly shown to be ill informed about world affairs, history, literature, and a host of other topics.
Heck, almost half of Americans think human beings were "created" in the last 10,000 years. Now THAT'S ignorant.
The information tsunami has had the effect of causing people to make decisions and then, look up things to support the decisions and ignore anything that might dismantle the decisions.
This is sad, really.
It is delightful to look up many many things and learn learn learn.
Humans, in general, are not good at updating their knowledge.
Where is the critical thinking?It appears to a mass media of celebrating dumb unintelligent statements. People obsessed with consumerism and falseness.
Since when is watching porn and looking like a blow up doll more superior. The obsession with sex and materialism has led to the most uninteresting self regressive morons in society. Our criminal justice system has been ridiculously watered down along with our education system.
People have lost their sense of pride and manners. It truly makes me despair for the future. Listening to people regurgitate false information. The apathy in the world in the world is disgusting.
We are so driven by media that we neglect actual issues and facts. It's sad to see people that are open o opinion but yell at you for even trying to reason. We are all ignorant people living in an ignorant society were emotions are put higher than anything else
I've noticed that people just don't pay attention to the details about what they're doing. They don't think before they do. It's getting worse. Whether young or old, people still fail too even try to be understanding. They always try to stick to their "standards"- what they think is right. Most people never ever try to accept anything that is not their outdated "understanding" of life. It's just sick!
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My idea is that people were brought up to see authority as unquestionable and never find the need to check the governing body. People are perfectly complacent with allowing a larger entity to control every part of their lives, because that's what they grew up doing. The real problem here is complacency, burned into them from birth.
Ignorance as a word shouldn't be thrown around like that because you don't agree with other people's opinion. Chances are if you are throwing around the word, you are probably ignorant yourself. I think people naturally construe arguments they don't like, or agree with as ignorant, but does that mean they actually are? No.
Ignorance is defined by Meriam-Webster Dictionary as "destitute of knowledge or education". Using this definition you have to assume that the quantity of knowledge in the universe is universal. Accounting for the increasing number of educated people due to social norms being changed worldwide, it is safe to assume that people are actually being LESS ignorant. The popular definition of ignorant is related to social stigma, where people are disagreeing with the views of popular social culture.
Technology has allowed humans to maintain almost 24/7 connections around the world. Information, have almost became instantaneous. With that large amount of information at your fingertips, it's difficult to ignore it all. However, it's also difficult to digest all of that information too.
Therefore, if someone is unaware of a topic, it is not just because they didn't want to pay attention to it, but it is also because their field of interest already have an overwhelming amount of information.
Because of this networking technology, most people today know more about what's going on in the world, then most people of the past.
Technology has caused ignorant society due to the people belief that the internet is truth plus government and media. Keep the belief because that makes my swap land prime beach front property.
The lack of ability to think use our brains with out help technology and respect for others has brought stupidity . Facts make truth not just post on internet... Just think like burger joint Wendys says (Where the truth)
We only think people are becoming more ignorant because there is a bigger gap of knowledge then before. We have SO MANY resources to go to now, internet, more books, travel, to know more and more about everything, but there are only a few people who take this advantage and actually learn, while most people use the internet for games, comedy, and useless garbage. So, some people expand their knowledge while others stay dormant to the knowledge around them.
When people use "ignorance" these days, it's usually thrown into an opponent's face as an insult when they don't completely agree: "You don't understand my argument, therefore you're ignorant." Simply not sharing an opinion does not constitute ignorance. For example, talking to a person from SRS and not understanding every single facet of LGBT culture does not make one ignorant. It just means that LGBT culture is not something one has read up on at this point. Conversely, understanding every single facet of LGBT does not make one not ignorant. It just means that you spent a lot of time reading up on it. There's a lot of knowledge to be found out there - the Internet has made it so that education is available with a few clicks and a Google search. Scientifically speaking, at least, modern technology is far superior to the Harwell WITCH's of decades ago. Saying that people in the past were smarter than us is an example of Nostalgia Filter.