Have you read Freakonomics, by Stephen J. Dubner & Steven Levitt?
Because your article is a big reminder of that particular book.
I’m studying Applied Mathematics (I’m a full blown nerd by the way) & even though I love “Friends”, I do agree with the premise that people tend to get stupider each passing year.
But in hindsight I keep thinking that for the past 5–6 years, its been the age of the Nerd, so to speak. Take all the comic book movies that have come out in the past few years or popular fashion looks (“Hipsters” for e.g), the nerdy round-circle glasses, etc.
Yes, bullies have existed, are existing and will always exist because we as a species are being defined by a Normal Distribution curve, but from the time I was in elementary & junior high school until now I’ve seen a spectacularly smaller amount of bullies, which means that the core & character defining years of our life are being spent not getting punched or stuffed in a locker or whatever bullies do these days (take your phone and post stuff on your Facebook profile to ridicule you, I don’t know really).