I know us programmers are sheltered, we sometimes forget but I will remind you. Humans Are Idiots.
Espcially as regards the fact that you, I and virtually every other member of these forums is a human behind a computer somewhere, I think it's worth reminding you that humans are not idiots. The modern world is full of complex operations and tasks that the "stupid person" must go through every day, and yet they manage to do it repeatedly with few (if any) problems. This article speaks very well to that point.
I am not targeting computer users. The vast majority of humans are uneducated and illiterate, by the western worlds definition, this labels them as unintelligent, dumb. This can be disputed, but I personally measure intelligence by the speed and clarity one is able to convey ideas... I've personally been to Africa (Niger to be exact ) and Thailand, I can say that even in their native language, those who are uneducated have difficulty doing those things. Education simply breeds intelligence.
( And of course there are always exceptions )
Now, looking at the western world. We have no ability to solve non-linear problems in comparison with those in third world countries. We have horrible motor skills and are not that resourceful in comparison.
Next year, for my 18th birthday I plan to go to the Vatican, where the fact that they devote themselves to one subject (religion), can make them seem very stupid in another... Although to offense to anybody, but I find anyone who wastes their life on prayers lacks rational abilities.... So they could seem stupid to some as well.
Say what you will, but if you simply change your perspective a little, anybody can be made to look like an idiot. So , in essence, my statement is correct. Everybody is an idiot to somebody.
Also... that is not a myth. If you believe it is, tell that to the upwards of 300 e-mails I get weekly, sometimes daily, asking me very simple questions that are all explained through common sense. I have had 12 e-mails last week asking me roughly "Does the button that says 'done' mean that I'm finished?" Yep. 12. 2 weeks ago I had 7 ask "Dose 100% mean a whole ?" ... and in my adv. math class a girl didn't know what anti-virus is.
Hell, look at this website. Users are lazy, ignorant and ultimately stupid... Myself included sometimes. We as a species are lazy and ignorant. The internet is no different.