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Internet Use Affects Memory

By Vincent Chang - on 15 Jul 2011, 9:22am

Internet Use Affects Memory

The next time you find yourself trying to remember a fact, a word or a phrase, mentally note down what was your next action. Did you immediately whip out your smartphone to search for the answer online or did you ask a more knowledgeable friend? A study has shown that the widespread use of the internet has affected the way we remember things like trivia.

We don't. Instead, users know that they can find these answers easily online and they hence choose not to remember the answers, but rather, where to get these answers. In short, the internet has become a handy 'external storage' for people when in the past, they would ask a friend or family member who they think know the answers.

PC World - The debate over whether the Internet is making us stupid has been around almost as long as the Internet itself. Depending on how you interpret Sparrow's remarks, you could say that yes, the Internet is making us stupid--or, you could say that we're just using Google and other search engines as an extension of our brains.

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