Study Shows IQ has been Falling Since 1975, Reversing the Flynn Effect

A study by scientists of three-quarters of a million Norwegian males has turned up some disturbing evidence that average IQs are falling.

I’m not sure whether nonwhite immigrants to Norway are pushing the intelligence quotient down or not. It seems unlikely since the drop off began in 1975.

If humans are getting dumber instead of smarter, the effects on society and culture will be enormous. Picture Western civilization that looks like the people of Walmart.

The IQ levels of young people have been steadily falling for the past few decades, according to new research.

The decline is believed to have begun following the generation born in 1975, and indicates that the slow rise in intelligence observed over much of the 20th century has come to an end, says The Times.

Average IQs had risen by roughly three percentage points every decade since the Second World War, in a poorly understood trend known as the Flynn effect.

However, the new study, by Norwegian researchers, found that men’s IQs are measurably lower today than the scores of their fathers at the same age. Ole Rogeberg and Bernt Bratsberg, of the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Oslo, analysed the scores from a standardised IQ test taken by more than 730,000 Norwegian men who reported for national service between 1970 and 2009.

The results, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, or PNAS, show that those born in 1991 scored about five points lower than those born in 1975.

“This is the most convincing evidence yet of a reversal of the Flynn effect,” said Stuart Ritchie, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh who was not involved in the research. “If you assume their model is correct, the results are impressive, and pretty worrying.”

The reasons for the Flynn effect and its apparent reversal are disputed. “Scientists have put the rise in IQ down to better teaching, nutrition, healthcare and even artificial lighting,” says The Times.

But “it is also possible that the nature of intelligence is changing in the digital age and cannot be captured with traditional IQ tests”, adds the newspaper.

An international study at the end of last year pointed towards the onset of technology as hindering the development of young people.

Researcher Michael Shayer, who co-authored the report, told Euronews that since 1995 a “large social force has been interfering with children’s development of thinking, getting larger each year”.

This “social force” includes the development of technology, such as game consoles and smartphones, “which have altered the way that children communicate with each other”, he explained.

“Take 14-year-olds in Britain. What 25% could do back in 1994, now only 5% can do,” Shayer added, citing maths and science tests.

Robin Morris, professor of neuropsychology at King’s College London, told The Times that IQ scores probably had hit a ceiling in the West, but there was not yet any reason to be unduly concerned.

“I think the reverse Flynn effect is real but would urge caution about generalising based on one sample,” he said. “Probably the tailing off is a general effect in high-income countries in which the contributor factors generally stabilise.”

Spending your days watching porn and eating junk food isn’t going to do much to help out the intelligence you inherited.

6 thoughts on “Study Shows IQ has been Falling Since 1975, Reversing the Flynn Effect

  1. “Take 14-year-olds in Britain. What 25% could do back in 1994, now only 5% can do,” Shayer added, citing maths and science tests.”
    Its obviously they are doing this testing in nigger-arab-paki infested schools that were once White….Who are they bullshitting….

  2. Im surprised that the number arent even worse; blame it on several things, but mainly television. The tube is the largest source of dumbing down Ive ever seen. Add in celphones now, and youve got a nation[s] of hypnotised zombies with no thinking [or social] skills. PLUS, what ‘education’ system was in place 30 years ago has been completely replaced with mere marxist indoctrination, and [probably less than] about 5% of parents care or participate in their childs growth, leaving it to ‘the state’ as the alleged adults are playing on their celphone, watching TV and drunk. And its all on purpose… [read it in the protocols]
    Might also mention that the Bible warns of this in Deuteronomy 28 as a natural result of sin and wholesale immorality…

    • Excellent points! Parents don’t parent anymore. Everyone is dope addicted to the cell phone and not using it to get smarter. Vanity seems to be everybody’s top priority. Hubris is rampant. Post apocalypse Society in the making.

  3. And you thought Idiocracy was just a movie. Actually the “rise” in iq scores was probably an artificial phenomena. I have heard theories that actual world average IQ peaked around 1850, the start of the modern Industrial Age. The reason? Before that intelligence was tied to survival and reproductive success. After that, er, not so much. Sounds like a real world Mouse Utopia experiment!

  4. Norwegian males’ IQ falling–no surprise considering how they have allowed the Enemy to trash their once-beautiful country and culture. Knut Hamsun and Vidkun Quisling are doubtless turning in their graves. I remember laughing when I read back in the nineties the idea that the IQ of the general population was rising. Today, everywhere one sees seemingly nothing but mouth-breathing likeniks staring at “smart” phones, a thread of spittle issuing from their lips. It’s no laughing matter now, it’s downright frightening.

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