Monday, July 25, 2011

Google is Bad for Your Brain

Or maybe it is good, depending on the people you ask.

Computers are rotting our brains.
Or making us less smart anyway.

Google can't take all the credit.
Bing, Ask, Yahoo, and any number of search engines can partake in the glory.

The glory of making people not as smart.

According to a survey or poll or something like that, people aren't remembering things because they can just run an internet search and find the answer.
So, they figure they don't need to remember the information.

The majority of people are more likely to remember where they found it than what the answer really is.

Because they can just look it up again.

Wouldn't it be easier to just remember what you read?
Apparently not.

I saw a story on the news last week about this and they asked this guy about his thoughts and he answered that it was so much better doing it that way so the brain doesn't get cluttered up with all kinds of information.

I feel so much better knowing we have this guy walking around.
And he is not alone.
That is really quite scary.
I always knew stupidity was winning the race, but come on.
Not wanting to clutter up your brain with information  is like saying " I really like being stupid".

I am proud to say that I am the total opposite.
I may not have a clue where I read or heard something.
But, I remember what it is.

I'm beating the odds.


  1. OT, That's because you are one of the smart ones.

  2. Have you ever seen the movie Idiocracy? I think you'd like a "holy crap it's scary that that actually seems like a possibility" kind of way.

    Ironically, I couldn't remember the name Idiocracy just now, so I googled, "movie about stupid people in the future," and it was the first result. Lol. Talk about me proving your point...

  3. You're too funny! But you know what it is, right? The aliens are just preparing us for total domination. Ah yeah!

  4. I have a terrible memory, but I love learning new things.

  5. I have been having problems remembering things. I hope that you are not serious about Google effecting our memory. This is Munir over here at Focus.

  6. Mama, No, I haven't. I will have to check it out.

    Bev, It could be.

    Belle, Learning new things is good.

    Munir, Forgetting means you knew it. Some people aren't even bothering to try to remember it in the first place. Different thing.

  7. this is your brain on Google...

  8. "Really? I feel so much better knowing we have this guy walking around." <--Love it. Your humor cracks me up, Ruth. Who would we laugh at if not for the stupid people of the world?

  9. Robyn, Thank you! You have a very good point.


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