Google: A Huge Effect On People's Memory

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The ability to instantly access vast amount of information at anytime, anywhere, through the advent of Google is having a huge effect on people’s memory. Google is the world’s most popular search engine with billions of searches conducted daily (Hillis, Petit & Jarrett 2012). There is no doubt that it provides people with instant services such as Google Translate, Google Street Viewer and Google Buzz which makes life more convenient for users. However, considering the pervasiveness it is certainly making users less reliant on their brain. Back in the 20th century encyclopedias and libraries represented the pinnacle of information storage and communication. But now, the internet has become people’s number one stop for retrieving information. …show more content…
With so much information it is providing, there is Iess need for people to memorise or remember information. Now people do not commit information to the memory again as they think a quick internet search will provide the answers to their solutions. Back in the 20th century the old generation were able to memorize words or even a page of article through repetition. But, now many people are just relying on automated tools such as spell checker, auto fill when doing their work (Harris 2016). Harris (2016) expands on this saying that people in this modern world find themselves reliant on Google as they believe its gives them the freedom to look up questions which they have no answers for. In an experiment 107 Harvard students were tested to type 40 memorable trivia statement of the type that they will look up …show more content…
We constantly turn to Google to assist us with information which we find difficult or sometimes even easy in this modern world. This search engine provides us with an outlet of vast information, an opportunity to go deeper into what we do not know and even goes further to expand on what we looking for is diminishing our way of thinking. As Google is increasingly taking over traditional way of doing things. It certainly taking over our way of thinking outside the box as well as being curious. Even though Google provides us with knowledge and productivity, it is hindering our critical thinking as a whole. As a society our critical thinking as compared to the old generation is slipping away. With readily made information provided everywhere by Google, we can find solutions to questions we demand online. Instead of people trying to think deeply, they now commit everything now to Google. As humans the more we repeat what we do the more it becomes a habit which cannot be stopped. According to Frith (2011) Carr, identifies that when he goes online to search for information his mind tends to take the information in the way the net distributes it. This is because our brains can adapt to environmental formation and our brains are also primed to pick things

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