A new study released by Columbia University makes the claim that we all remember more about *where* to look up information (Google, Yahoo, or a host of specialized search engines) vs. the information itself. Do you feel that this is "dumbing down" our memories or does being able to look stuff up quickly have equal intelligence value?
Here is more information:
Google, Yahoo and other search engines affecting memory, study says
The Google Effect: has your brain been rewired? Take the quiz to find out
Last edited by MissyJ; 07-15-2011 at 04:59 PM.
I'm thankful for google, I don't have time to spend hours on the web trying to look up information. Google helps to (most of the time) condense down the information by specific keywords. I don't think it dumbs anything down, it makes life easier!
I thank the sweet lord above for google lol...
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That study seems like a huge waste of time, to be honest. Of course if you tell people they don't have to memorize information, they don't memorize it.
I don't think our brains are being re-wired, I think we're making decisions based on the availability of information. Maybe we're using our memories for other things instead. Let's hope. I sure have a knack for remembering some strange and random things.
p.s. I love Google.
I believe they are right regarding people feeling less inclined to remember information if they know it's going to be stored. I don't think that really qualifies as making us dumber, though. It is physically impossible to remember everything you've ever heard in your life and I don't think it's necessary, either.
If that test in the second link is any indication of the information that they used on the test, I'd say their test is flawed. Who cares if I can remember what a sloth-cloth is? (although I think this is one of the useless pieces of information that's going to stick, thanks-so-much).
My calendar is a tool that I use to keep my life organized so that I don't have to keep everything in my mind. I think that organizing information using technology serves a similar function. What's the difference in being able to look up info in an encyclopedia/dictionary/whatever versus on the computer? I wonder if they controlled for that.
PS, Kim, I agree with you, though I think that "our" attention spans got shorter because so many people are raising their babies and children on TV and video games and iPhone distractions and other net attention deficit endeavors.
However I'm guilty of it all.