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Has the Internet become our virtual memory?

The Daily Mail covered a story today on how research carried out in the USA showed that when faced with a gap in their knowledge people resorted straight to the Internet to refresh their memory. This, as opposed to trying to recall the information themselves or letting it sink in. ‘The age of Google’. The research compared how well participants remembered something with how well they knew where to find it on the Internet. Finding it on the Internet was always going to win.

With access to the Internet ready at our fingertips, searching for knowledge is done this way instinctively.

However I believe the mass of information on the web isn’t making us lazy or replacing our memory, but predominantly allowing us to extend our knowledge further. Referring back to a bookmarked webpage is no different than marking a page in a book or taking notes. People are more likely to know more now than they ever have.

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