It’s something we’ve been worried about for years. But now, Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow and her colleagues have found evidence that people are more likely to remember things they do not think they can find using a computer, and less likely to remember things a computer knows.
Albert Eistein once said: “Never memorize something that you can look up.” The study’s findings show that we’ve taken that advice to heart. Our generation is far better at remembering where to look for information on the Internet than at remembering the information itself.
Call it the Google Effect.
Think your brain is unsullied by years spent Googling answers? Or worried you’ve already been re-wired? Take our quiz below to see if your brain has been influenced by the ‘Google Effect’: