The Google Effect (On Your Memory) [Pic]

Submitted by: ElectricEye 3 years ago in Tech

Now I know what.... what.... wait I need to google the rest of my sentence.
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Male 1,582
That`s a good thing. Now you won`t waste space remembering movie trivia and random useless facts.
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Male 3,631
I actively outrun the auto-complete to the best of my ability - we don`t need an algorithm doing our thinking for us. Unless we`re trying to remember how to spell algorithm. Damnit
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Male 2,436
You see? Now I have to Google "Cthulhu"
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Female 1,467
Don`t boil the eggs, steam them then put `em in an ice bath. I swear to Cthulhu the yokes sparkle.

I have the google brain. In the middle of a movie if I think something is going to happen I will wiki it cause damnit, I don`t want to wait an hour for the movie to tell me I was right. Except for Triangle (2009) that was the most intellectual fun I`ve had watching a movie in awhile made up for the gore.
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Male 2,436
[continued]... a pot of cold water and then heating. Learned something new.
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Male 2,436
I call BS also.

I`ve never memorized phone numbers. Back in the "old days" (circa 1990s) I had a sheet of paper taped to the wall with all the numbers of my friends, family and take out restaurants on it.

At work, I often have to convert measurements like kilometers to miles, foot pounds to Newton meters, Fahrenheit to Celsius... I know there are formulas to do all this, but why bother. If I memorized the formulas, I would still need paper and pencil to calculate it. Having to do this often enough would compel me to draw up a table on paper and, again, tape it to the wall! No thanks.

How long should I boil an egg? Well, I could call my mother and ask her. Do I really want to talk to my mother? No way! I could go buy a cook book... yeah, right. I could just experiment by boiling eggs for differing lengths of time. Or...

*Googles it*

Wow, many different techniques! I`d have never thought of putting the eggs in a pot of cold water a
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Male 2,424
Get google installed in brain. Problem solved.
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Male 97
I wholly believe this. In addition, I believe the effect stretches to "smart phones" and "i-devices," as well.
I was in a retail outlet the other day and the clerk would ask each customer a question as they checked out.

"What`s your phone number?" Quite literally, no one knew without having to look it up.
If no phone was available, the clerk would try, "Okay, what`s your last name and zip code?"

Thankfully, all knew their names. About 15% knew the zip code.

That same visit, a teenager asked me if I knew where an item was. I pointed to a shelf and told him that it was arranged alphabetically. I am not kidding when I tell you that this information did not help this kid at all. He either had no idea what "alphabetically" meant, or had no idea how to implement that knowledge.

Once again, I weep for the future.
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Male 307
@Profworm, well you`re wrong. Here, read the actual data and method of testing behind it here. There is real research behind this, not just someone making loose unsubstantiated observations. Even disregarding the research, I think it would be reasonable to say that there`s far less incentive to remember information you know you can quickly access at any time. I don`t suppose you memorize all your phone numbers do you? I bet you`ve got them all stored on your phone and never bothered memorizing them because "why bother, right? They`re right there, I don`t need to memorize them".
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Male 520
I call BS. Saying that having more information available means we can remember less of it is one of the worst cause and effect claims I`ve ever heard.
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Male 13,624
YANKmyDOODLE

better to know the answer than not know it, even if you have to google it
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indeed but I use it as a last resort, not the first port of call
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Female 4,359
oops. should be interesting in about 100 years...
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Male 771
better to know the answer than not know it, even if you have to google it
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Male 13,624
@chalket
I remember a hell of a lot of things, I feel a failure if i need to google a question, sometimes when someone asks me something, I will mull over it, and given time usually I come out with the answer.
only on obscure sh ite which I know feck all of will I google, but only after asking everyone else if they know of said obscure question,
dont take the easy option, makes you lazy in a cranial way
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Male 3,842
Hmmmm...well, I have an extraordinary memory for movies, actors, songs, music groups and musicians, but only roughly from the years 1978-2003. So, is that because Google was invented, or is it because I only remember things that were relevant from when I was ages 5 to 30 and stopped paying attention when I got older?

Dude, EVERYONE is less able to remember details as they get older, it has nothing to do with Google. It is because with our limited experience as a young person, small details are more relevant in our lives. Remember how great you thought your favorite music group was back when you were in high school? Everything seemed like such a huge deal back then.
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Male 250
@chalket: when was the declaration of independence signed? gotta google it? you dumb! (example of research)
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Male 2,711
"stupid and lazy people"
"idle people"

Really? I`d say it`s just human nature. Why waste effort and energy on things you don`t need to? This so-called "Google Effect" happens all the time. With the advent of cell phones, who memorizes phone numbers anymore? Why bother? Before calculators, you had to memorize all sorts of stuff: tables, constants, rules, formulas. Who bothers anymore? It`s called "PROGRESS".
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Male 250
So remember folks, if you forget any of the more available and larger amount of information of today, even if you know it can be accessed remotely and at any time, it`s probably related to psychological effects of this new age and should be used with moderation. Bookmark this post to remember.
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Male 13,624
Taking the easy option
Thats what that is, idle people
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Male 11,740
It`s not the Google effect, it is stupid and lazy people.
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Male 2,729
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