How the Internet is Taking Over Human Memory

by ParentCo. August 16, 2016

Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning. In a new article, researchers have found that 'cognitive offloading', or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use. The results revealed that participants who previously used the Internet to gain information were significantly more likely to revert to Google for subsequent questions than those who relied on memory. Participants also spent less time consulting their own memory before reaching for the Internet; they were not only more likely to do it again, they were likely to do it much more quickly. Remarkably 30% of participants who previously consulted the Internet failed to even attempt to answer a single simple question from memory. Lead author Dr Benjamin Storm commented, "Memory is changing. Our research shows that as we use the Internet to support and extend our memory we become more reliant on it. Whereas before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don't bother. As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives."
Source: Cognitive offloading: How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory -- ScienceDaily


ParentCo.

Author



Also in Conversations

young child holding vegatables
The Real Reason You Should Garden With Your Kids

by ParentCo.

You can garden with your kids without leaving the house or changing out of your pajamas. Best of all, it will save you at least one trip to the grocery store.

Continue Reading

5 Tips to Master Baby and Toddler Sleep on the Go
5 Tips to Master Baby and Toddler Sleep on the Go

by Hannah Howard

With disrupted rhythms and routines, long flights, new places, and jet lag, sleep while traveling is hard. Here are 5 ways to make life a little easier.

Continue Reading

mother holding her son
What To Do When Sleep Is Not an Option

by Katelyn Denning

When you're running a sleep deficit, you need a surplus in the other areas of your well-being to balance it out. Here are some ways to get through.

Continue Reading