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Study says humans now use internet as our main ‘memory’ – instead of our heads
- People remember where to look up information – not the info itself
- People actively forget information if they think they can look it up later
- Tests on how people remembered items they would normally Google
January 24, 2012
The Internet is becoming our main source of memory instead of our own brains, a study has concluded.
In the age of Google, our minds are adapting so that we are experts at knowing where to find information even though we don’t recall what it is.
The researchers found that when we want to know something we use the Internet as an ‘external memory’ just as computers use an external hard drive.
Nowadays we are so reliant on our smart phones and laptops that we go into ‘withdrawal when we can’t find out something immediately’.
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