I’ve been looking at some social psychology research concerning the so-called “Millennial” generation, in their twenties today. (I figure it doesn’t hurt to know more about my students.)
Often, the research finds that the Millennials are an obnoxious, shallow, and stupid bunch. (OK, that’s my take on it. But basically, reading the survey results, my usual reaction is that I hate most of them.)
But since Millennials tend towards self-centered consumerism and moral individualism (even more than the usual American norm), they also show up in surveys as a comparatively more secular lot.
So, there we have it. Apparently Americans are becoming less likely to act like morons because their brains are fried by Sunday sermons, but that is because they’re more likely to act like idiots because their brains are fried by advertising.