Smarter people live in states with faster internet

Students living in states with a faster connection posted higher ACT scores on average.

Research conducted earlier this month revealed the Microsoft headquarters in Washington has access to some of America’s fastest internet- a peak of 50.2 Mbps. A reliable high-speed could be crucial for tech companies and start-ups who rely heavily on the web to conduct business.

A recent study reveals a fast internet connection could also be home to smarter people. Analysis conducted by High Speed Internet reveals a correlation with higher scoring ACT achievers and states with the fastest internet.   

A correlation of 0.57 revealed a link between higher scoring ACT students and states, such as American states with the fastest average internet speeds.

These states, which include Virginia, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, all placed within the top 15 of the national high-school assessment. Microsoft’s home state Washington also registered in the top 15 with an average ACT score of 22.8, only 1.3 from the highest mark.  In contrast, students who live in states with slower internet connections- such as Alaska, Kentucky and West Virginia- did not place well.

However, many states proved to be an exception to the rule. Maine ranked 37th for internet speed while registering fourth in the test, whereas Michigan’s eighth fastest internet failed to make an impact on their students, who registered 41st on the ACT assessment.

The latest findings could debunk the idea that internet and technology are responsible for the declining intelligence of humans. Perhaps, these findings could even encourage educators to incorporate more technology in the learning process.

Source & Image: High Speed Internet

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sigh... who drew that "best fit" line? that's not how math works!! when your r^2 value is ###### as I am sure this one is, it means you can't use a best fit line for your data.

Though I don't think faster internet makes people smarter, it doesn't make them dumber. A decline in intelligence is more related to people choosing a complacent lifestyle and being programmed to be stupid.

Stupid people blame others for their stupidity.

I would like to see a study that correlates how IQ drops proportionally with the amount of time spent staring at your phone. That would be a no-brainer. (Pun intended)

:)

Smart people achieve an university degree and works in a well paid work.
However, smartest people live in a nice place, work happily and die in peace. Most of them wasn't good students.

Excellent choice of scale on that graph. I suppose they have to derive something out of all their efforts.

as far as im concerned, smart people dont care about technology and if they have to use use it they only use it to get the job done

Deyirn said,
as far as im concerned, smart people dont care about technology and if they have to use use it they only use it to get the job done

Yet some of the richest and perhaps very Smart people are related or own tech companies and know a lot about it!

First, the correlation is very loose there. Gotta have a frightfully low R^2...

Second, consensus is building that the ACT measures wealth more than intelligence. One reason proposed is that students whose parents can afford the prep materials and courses consistently score better.

My stab in the dark is that this study shows that richer states have better internet and richer states do better on ACTs. Maybe they ran the two stats against average income and found that they didn't correlate in either case, but I'd be surprised if they didn't each correlate better with wealth than with each other...

Also, after visiting this site (http://www.tylervigen.com/), dedicated to helping you find random correlations, charts like these do nothing to convince me of anything anymore...

At this point, yes. I had a gentleman spend $40/mo for his phone line, and another $25/mo for dial-up service... Should've seen his face when I showed him the world of today, streaming a 1080 video faster than I could play it. Blew his friggin mind.

Follow the money in both directions ( money spent on quality schools, quality staff as well as money spent on network infrastructure ). If both are high, the article fits. If one is off, it is an "exception". If both are low, sucks to be you.

If someone wants to learn and become 'smarter' a faster Internet shouldn't be the underlining reason they achieve.

Students actually research about various facilities before opting for a particular university. Fast Internet ranks high up in the list along with electricity. If possible, people could live without food and shelter. But fastest internet is a must. Game of Thrones will not download by itself ya know!

while i think that's generally true. i think there are a fair amount of people out there who are reasonably intelligent but don't have the drive to succeed and end up living pretty average lives.

dvb2000 said,
Smarter people, have better jobs, better homes, live in better suburbs, have better internet.

Who knew?

Lol OK.....I have a grade 12 education. Never went to collage and university but I make over 250k a year and live a sweet ass life and I'm no where near smart.

CoLdFuSi0n said,
I have a grade 12 education. Never went to collage and university but I make over 250k a year and live a sweet ass life and I'm no where near smart.

so do you have fast internet too? - no one said University degrees made you smart! In fact some would say they make you stupid (err, brainwashed), lol!

dvb2000 said,

so do you have fast internet too? - no one said University degrees made you smart! In fact some would say they make you stupid (err, brainwashed), lol!

No actually I just have bare min as I'm never home.

hardly a surprise. it's also general consensus that smarter people tend to live more in the cities while dumber ones on the country. exceptions to find everywhere tho

Jack Unterweger said,
hardly a surprise. it's also general consensus that smarter people tend to live more in the cities while dumber ones on the country. exceptions to find everywhere tho

all I can say is that this study is dumb. Perhaps it is that those people that live in cities that have been able to afford faster internet infrastructure also have better resources available to people. Yes the internet is a goldmine of information wealth and I can attest having learn most of what I know about computers to it. But the internet also has a wealth of dumb, time wasting resources that makes many people more idiotic. People don't know these days not even how to measure 3 yards or do the multiplication table because they have resources that does it for them. That does not make you smarter if you ask me.

personally i prefer living in the country (not in the middle-of-no-where though) over the city any day as it's more peaceful instead of that constant noise etc in a city.

People don't know these days not even how to measure 3 yards or do the multiplication table because they have resources that does it for them.

honestly, i am not even sure if i remember how to divide stuff on paper anymore since i just use a calculator when i need to do math as it's been ages since i last did it on paper.

ThaCrip said,
personally i prefer living in the country (not in the middle-of-no-where though) over the city any day as it's more peaceful instead of that constant noise etc in a city.

honestly, i am not even sure if i remember how to divide stuff on paper anymore since i just use a calculator when i need to do math as it's been ages since i last did it on paper.

and you sir have proved my point.

nickcruz said,

and you sir have proved my point.

and now THIS is thumb. it's like the fact that mitt also lives in california (hardly a conservative state) ... you know some people have the choice and are the exceptions i mentioned