Have you heard of The Flynn Effect? I recently saw an article that talked about this phenomenon which explains why many of the favorite movies you used to love now seem terrible and low-quality. I’ve felt this at one time or another; the acclaimed films I grew up on no longer felt bold, revolutionary or incited some emotional response from me. They were stale, flat and one-sided.

The Flynn Effect is a way to explain why.


The Flynn Effect is a trend that explains how the way we adapt to modern change is the reason we no longer enjoy old movies or things we once thought were cutting edge. The theory goes that over time, as you see modern or technological advancements, your brain adapts to expect and appreciate it. In doing so, you lose the love you had for things that were lower quality or less technologically advanced.

The example the article gave was Jurassic Park. As a dinosaur lover, I remember watching those films over and over again It proves that when science and history catch up, movies that are high-quality and well-written just aren’t as good. It’s almost as if even though we knew all along it was Fantasy, we are unable to make the leap in our minds that we really used to consider it more as Non-Fiction. After seeing high-tech pictures like Avatar, The Hunger Games and Interstellar, it’s almost impossible to equate Jurassic Park also as a Fantasy and equal in our minds.

When movies become older and past their prime, their special effects no longer feel as special. In a world constantly ahead of the curve, we are creating new techniques all the time to make films and movies appear more lifelike than life actually is.

Have you heard of The Flynn Effect? Have you felt this before?

By Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth at www.elizabethadan.com, on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

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