Excessive use of search engines leads to memory loss, says a study

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using-search-engines-memory-lossUsing the net and not using search engines can be considered as two contradictory statements. However, if you have become habitual of using too much of search engines, then its time to have a check on this habit.

PTI reports about a new study conducted at Columbia University that has revealed that excessive use of Internet search engines may cause memory loss in a person.

The study conducted at the university tried to examine the modern-day “Google effect”. It involved four different experiments with student volunteers, including a series of true-false questions based on trivia, typing statements on a computer, asking students to remember the place on computer where they stored some information, etc.

The study found that if a person knows where to find answer to a question, he/she would show a poor recall of knowledge or a poor memory.

“We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools, growing into interconnected systems. We have become dependent on them to the same degree we are on all the knowledge we gain from our friends and coworkers – and lose if they are out of touch. Human memory is adapting to new communications technology,” said Prof Sparrow, who works at the psychology department in Columbia University and was the lead researcher for the study.

“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,” added Prof Sparrow.

The study also revealed that people who use too much of Google or other search engines for getting information about a topic start avoiding discussion with friends on that topic.


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