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The Google Effect (On Your Memory) [Pic]

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Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1582 Posts
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:12:47 AM
That's a good thing. Now you won't waste space remembering movie trivia and random useless facts.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3672 Posts
Monday, July 29, 2013 6:43:46 PM
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

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2389 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 11:56:55 PM
You see? Now I have to Google "Cthulhu"

Female, 30-39, Western US
 1463 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:20:07 PM
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.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2389 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:13:05 AM
[continued]... a pot of cold water and then heating. Learned something new.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2389 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:10:02 AM
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

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2429 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:05:49 AM
Get google installed in brain. Problem solved.

Male, 40-49, Western US
 97 Posts
Sunday, July 28, 2013 1:01:28 AM
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.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 311 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:23:52 PM
@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".

Male, 30-39, Western US
 345 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:30:44 PM
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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 13319 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:37:22 PM

better to know the answer than not know it, even if you have to google it
indeed but I use it as a last resort, not the first port of call

Female, 40-49, Australia
 4316 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:31:24 PM
oops. should be interesting in about 100 years...

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 774 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:15:16 PM
better to know the answer than not know it, even if you have to google it

Male, 40-49, Europe
 13319 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:55:38 PM
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

Male, 30-39, Western US
 4869 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:08:45 PM
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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 250 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:06:49 PM
@chalket: when was the declaration of independence signed? gotta google it? you dumb! (example of research)

Male, 50-59, Southern US
 2587 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 2:05:10 PM
"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".

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 250 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:51:19 PM
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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 13319 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:21:03 PM
Taking the easy option
Thats what that is, idle people

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11735 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 1:05:14 PM
It's not the Google effect, it is stupid and lazy people.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 600 Posts
Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:57:45 PM
Link: The Google Effect (On Your Memory) [Pic] [Rate Link] - Now I know what.... what.... wait I need to google the rest of my sentence.

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