Study Finds People Are Remembering Things Less Because of Google

Episode 1112 (1:41:55)

Brain

Our memory may be negatively impacted by the instant access of information online. The authors pose one simple example: Ask yourself how many countries have flags with only one color. Regardless of the answer, was your first thought about flags? Or were you thinking about where you could find the answer? In the old days, you may have thought about all of the flags that exist and which ones have one color. Now, you may be thinking about your Google search term. This is called "transactive memory" and it's been going on long before the internet.

Study: why bother to remember when you can just use Google? (ArsTechnica)…
http://arstechnica.com/science/2011/07/study-why-bother-to-remember-when-you-can-just-use-google/