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Internet Use and the Memory System

Posted by Franklin Castulo on July 26, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Back to the time when I was yet in high school, I remember how I was burdened by carrying that backpack full of books and notebooks.  I hate to forget even 1 book bcoz I'm always shy to ask favor from my classmate to share his book.  We don't have library that time, no computers, no internet.  All we have were those books provided to us by the Government.

Now a days, the presence of the internet simplify things. Although this may not be true at GHNS, but in some schools they really have computers with internet connection ready for study use. Kung naay assignment, hala internet deritso ug research sa Google. While this might be useful in many cases, there were people who takes time to conduct studies on its effect to human brains specially to our memory system.

Unsa ba ka dugay ang imong pag-gamit sa Internet? That is the question. According to the research, you are not helping your memories, rather, you'll be getting dumber by the minute!

Apparently a new study shows that the internet use is negatively affecting our memories. Kini tungod kay wala na man ka mag effort to memorize those things, rather, you just "cut and paste" it from google.  Like all innovations that made our lives better, it also leads to our dependence on technology.

With the widespread use of search engines (e.g. Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo) and online databases since the 90’s, the ability to remember information has affected people. The team of scientists, led by Betsy Sparrow, an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia, investigates if people are likely to remember information that is easily available. This is similar to students trying to memorize information for tests and exams.

Dr. Sparrow and her teammates, Daniel M. Wegner of Harvard and Jenny Liu of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created four different experiments on memory. In the first experiment, participants were sometimes confronted with difficult questions, and people begin to think about searching for answers online. (deritso ra ug search sa google or yahoo or bing without any effort to remember things.)

In another test, participants were asked to remember a trivia piece of information as well as the computer folder this information was stored in. Surprisingly, most were significantly able to recall the folder than the information itself. (ang folder lang ang nahinumdoman ang information wala.)

“That kind of blew my mind,” Dr. Sparrow said in an interview. For these experiments explores an aspect known as transactive memory, a notion that we rely on our family, friends, colleagues and reference materials to store information on our behalf. (In other words, gasalig na lang, wala na gi-retain sa huna2x kay ahhh,,, pila ray pag search sa google.)

On the otherhand, Sparrow believes that this new development may lead to us being smarter, for we will not be spending energy in memorizing information, thereby saving brainpower for the understanding of concepts. “If you take away the mindset of memorization, it might be that people get more information out of what they are reading and they might better remember the concept,” she explained. 

To better understand what Dr. Sparrow said, she use an analogy.

Dr. Sparrow said, “I love watching baseball, but I know my husband knows baseball facts, so when I want to know something I ask him, (which is just like searching google for the answer) and I don’t bother to remember it.

” While the Internet’s effects on memory are still largely unexplored, it seems to indicate that the Internet is fast becoming our external storage system.

Karon, asa ka pabor? an empty memory with internet beside you so you don't bother yourself to memorize things and just do search everytime you need it? Or walay internet so you have to read books and retain them in your memory?

Well, this also depends on you as the internet user. What is important is that you are aware not to totally depend on the internet. You shall also dare to read and memorize some of the things you have searched through the internet. But sometimes we are really overwhelmed by the vast information the internet provide and we become so excited about so many  information and forget to retain things in our own memory. "This is where the problem begins. "

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2 Comments

Reply GNHS
8:01 PM on July 29, 2011 
susan says...
i agree with ur opinion.. correct during our times no books, computers but thanks GOD.... students before were more competitive & resourceful every assignments given we have to share the limited books 5 students sharing for 1 book...

wa na ko ka experience anang 5:1 nga sharing of books madam but I agree with what you said. That is why for our young generation today, they really have to be responsible and the parents should guide them. We should not forget that all these innovations are made with the mindset of helping people, not to ruin them. (except that of the al qaeda network. jeje)
Reply susan
12:47 PM on July 27, 2011 
i agree with ur opinion.. correct during our times no books, computers but thanks GOD.... students before were more competitive & resourceful every assignments given we have to share the limited books 5 students sharing for 1 book...