A new study from Columbia University and Harvard scholars suggests that our dependence on search engines for instant information is causing a new kind of amnesia called “The Google Effect.”
The team, which was led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow, found that human memory is changing how it stores information based on our dependence on search engines.
The San Jose Mercury has more: “…the team proved that people are better at remembering where to find facts, rather than the facts themselves. The students, they found, recalled the names of files where information was stored, rather than the information itself.”
We’re not as doomed as it sounds. Sparrow said to the SJM: “We’re not thoughtless empty-headed people who don’t have memories anymore. But we are becoming particularly adept at remembering where to go find things. And that’s kind of amazing.'”