Searching for the Google Effect on People's Memory (Norman Costa)
External brain. There's a growing belief...that people have become more dependent on online information, but few studies have directly examined this."CREDIT: RANDALL MONROE/XKCD.COM"
[P]eople are using the Internet as a personal memory bank: the so-called Google effect. What surprised [Assistant Professor Betsy] Sparrow most was not people's reliance on nonmemorized information but their ability to find it. “We're remarkably efficient,” she says.