Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Google Effect: Lazy Memory

Since I was a kid, I knew I had a poor memory. I can’t remember important dates such as important occasions and my family member's birthdates. Yes, I admit, I'm not that thoughtful. I am grateful to the social networking sites like facebook because it reminds me whose birthdays will be coming up. But here's another story, my brother's birthday was hidden on facebook, I thought it will be on the 16th. I only found out that July 13 was his birthday when someone greets him on his wall. I feel so guilty for forgetting important things.

According to study that I've just read online (Mail Online), Google has made our memories lazy. I agree to this study, in fact, I am very dependent on Google to whatever I do. I always consult Google. Google seems to know everything. I realized, Google triggered me to be more mentally lazy. For instance, I tend to forget things I am confident that I can find online, while I'm more likely to remember things I think are unavailable online. It is better and easier to remember where to find something on the internet than remembering the information itself.

The research that was published in the journal Science has a deeper analysis, it revealed that people do not necessarily remember where to find certain information when they remember what it was, and that they particularly tend to remember where to find information when they can’t remember the information itself. A greater understanding of how our memory works in a world with search engines has the potential to change teaching and learning in all fields. Professor Sparrow said, 'Perhaps those who teach in any context, be they college professors, doctors or business leaders, will become increasingly focused on imparting greater understanding of ideas and ways of thinking, and less focused on memorization.--'And perhaps those who learn will become less occupied with facts and more engaged in larger questions of understanding' ( Mail Online)  

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