If you are like me Googling (as the verb) has become an easy habit. It is about the quickest way to get answer so many of us rely on it for answers. A recent video however has raised the question on whether conducting a Google search is good or bad for you.
Google has changed our brains
Author Lisa Miller has posted a video on AcademicEarth.org showing how engaging in the act of conducting a Google search has changed the way in which our brains process information. According to Miller studies have shown that college students retain less information when they know they can go look something up on Google. To me it appears people don’t need to remember because it is so easy to look up answers. In days past it might have taken more time to run to the library to find an answer. Because of the effort you wrote it down and ultimately retained that information to a greater extent because the pain of having to look for it a second time was not worth the effort. So you remembered the information and then might have it “available” for another time. Today that does not seem to be the case. Why remember it when the answer is at your fingertips as needed.
The study shows that are brains are being trained to disregard more and more information. I will be interested to read your comments to see if you have experienced this “Google Effect” as it is known. This video is a short, but very interesting, one.
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