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The Internet’s mental age is… seven

Oh yes it is.

The information superhighway, as pundits described it in the dark days of the 1990s, was going to change not just the way we lived and worked, but the way we thought.

No longer would we languish in the darkness of dumb despair. The internet would shine the Torch of Truth on each and every one of us, and it would feed our minds with the Flan of Facts.

Didn’t quite work out that way, did it? All over the internet people are saying really stupid things, and the problem seems to be getting worse.

So what’s going on? There are only two possible explanations. It’s either simple demographics, or the internet works exactly like our brains – and that means its mental age is seven.