Friday, May 1, 2009

IQ Level?

British Teenagers IQ Level diminishing

I just read some shocking results of some tests carried out in 1980, which were repeated again in 2008.

I’m talking about IQ tests for teenagers in Britain, of course!

But can you guess what the result is?? I already gave a clue…..whatever they are, the results are seriously shocking!!

It shows that the average points for 14-year-old dropped by more than two points over the period.

Among those in the upper half of the aptitude scale, a group that mostly consists of children from middle class families, showed an even worse result, with an average IQ score six points below what it was 28 years ago.

Can you believe it? And then the Gen Next calls it the IT hub and what not!!

The trend marks an abrupt reversal of the so-called "Flynn effect" which has seen IQ scores rise year on year, among all age groups, in most industrialized countries throughout the past century.

Professor James Flynn, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, the discoverer of the Flynn effect (which states that IQ scores rise year after years, among all age groups, in most industrialized countries.) and the author of the latest study, believes that this abnormal drop in British teenage IQ could be due to youth culture having gone down the drain.

He found that while children aged between five and 10 saw their IQs increase by up to half a point a year over the three decades, teenagers performed less well.

Other studies have shown how pervasive teenage youth culture is, and what we see is parents' influence on IQ slowly diminishing with age.

The only thankful result is that the test wasn’t conducted on Indian students (though I hope they’d have given better results) or who knows, what a heart attack the parents might have got!!

Just imagine the parents struggling day and night, and what for? Their children to get even lower grades than they did 20 years ago!

This really is distressing new guys. I just gave a loud sigh!

What do you think? Care to share your thoughts please!

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Hemanth Potluri

teenagers in Britain are busy with side effects so may be they take less care abt the IQ ...


Hemanth Potluri

its always shocking to read such things sis :(..


Princess Sonshu

Its shocking Meghna! But maybe we'll get good results. After all we r the best! Its really shocking and sad though!


LOL! IM BRITISH :P but i can assure you my IQ is high :P
But on the other hand i do know that british teen's are fallin behind in alot of stuff..why i know tht aswell its holds a long explanation.
But nice to see u share this infact i was discussing this topic with my husband a few days ago.(he is from India) & he always says Indian's are more clever :) i do agree with him to some extent.


In Britain & USA teenagers have lots of over all stress they, they r so much into sports other activities that they don't think abt IQ and all. That's why Obama has asked his ppl to work harder like Indians& Chinese.

BTW is this ur blog?


Shocking indeed! I think I know why kids have better IQ -

Their right brain is more active.

My mother told me that the right brain is most active when you're 1-6 years old. Once you're seven, your left brain is active.

The right brain is full of imagination and creativity, whilst the left brain is logical.

And that's why kids have better IQ ;)



iq tests are a very flawed method to measure intelligence. they are always biased. plus Britain has seen a large influx of migrants in the last two decades.

you want proof that people are getting more intelligent? check college cutoffs in mumbai


@ Hemu- True...they are shocking...!


@ Princess- True! I certainly hope we do better :P


@ fms- LOL!! I don't have any hesitations in agreeing to that. Your husband is absolutely correct. Dontcha see me? :P
Just kidding :P


@ Ananya- Yea...thats true! Obama is intelligent, no denying :)



@ Gloson- Oh! That's wonderful info ....thanks a lot for telling me....i feel my right side aching already :P


@ Raul- LOL!!! Yea...Indian college cut offs are a doubts we can beat'em all :P


ha its relative:P


If this was conducted in India, I believe there would be a rise, for sure!..whassay?


@ Vish- LOL! :D

I am a lover of children's literature

IQ depends a lot on attitude. Today, a lot of teenagers are more interesting in being lazy, getting by and just having fun and stimulating their senses rather than developing their minds and stimulating their thinking process!

It's a crying shame, but it's reality!


@ Don- Thats the most apt reply. It is true; no way I can deny that.

I just hope it gets better :)

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