Computers and the internet are creating a new wave for the nature of our memory as people seek information.
When those difficult questions come about, people grab their phones, laptops and computers to find answers.
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In this day and age of technology, more and more people are relying on the internet. This ranges from children to students to CEOs of major businesses. According to researcher, Daniel M. Wegner, the internet possesses a transactive memory where we expect a source to remember information for us. People appreciate what the internet can offer even though they have a wide range of information stored already.
Politics university student, Asher Nwokedi, 21 said, ” I rely heavily on Google and other search engines solely because it enables me to research in greater detail and consider both sides of an argument. Yes I have acquired knowledge through the years but the internet offers me the chance to support my ideals with evidence, statistics and with a second opinion.”
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The BBC highlights how stored information relates to short-term and long-term memory. People usually only know information relating to their profession instead of general knowledge about various things going on in the world. We feel as though we don’t need to know that much and choose to remember less.
From Harvard University, researchers believe that the internet is a form of transactive memory as it appears that couples rely on each other through an exchange of information. Then when you’re single, you simply Google the information. To some extent, this may have a negative effect yet we are changing the way we think and process information. This can also determine reaction time during a conversation when technology is not present.
Some people choose to store information while others expect they can just find it online. That is, if they know where to look with sufficient time and resources. For the most part, people like to or pretend to know things but the internet is always there to back it up as last minute evidence.