Internet use replacing active efforts to recall?

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#1 17 August, 2016 - 18:24
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Internet use replacing active efforts to recall?

An article from on how Internet use affects memory habits.

Maybe we are doing something very good for ourselves by practicing mnemonics.

23 August, 2016 - 08:31
Joined: 1 year 10 months ago

I have read a lot about that as well, and seen it confirmed time after time back in my school days.

Quoting what is attributed to Socrates, "In fact, [writing] will introduce forgetfulness into the soul of those who learn it: they will not practice using their memory because they will put their trust in writing, which is external and depends on signs that belong to others, instead of trying to remember from the inside, completely on their own. You have not discovered a potion for remembering, but for reminding; you provide your students with the appearance of wisdom, not with its reality."

The internet is a new level of that, not only do we have access to knowledge given to us, we have access to the knowledge of the entirety of humanity. As researched by Yale psychologists, the internet has already been witnessed to give people a sense of intelligence and wisdom they don't have internally (link). With writing came a decrease in mnemonic skills, with the internet came a sense of knowing more than we do.

It makes sense if you think about it, every invention done is made to make things better or easier. Back when I was still in school, I liked to play with numbers, which resulted in a better understanding of numbers. Besides that, I worked in a supermarket, basic mental calculations were a daily pass time while working on the shelves and storage. I had to move 60 crates of beer bottles, which were 24 bottles each. So 1440 bottles. Each bottle was 300ml, or 0,3l (gotta love metric stuff), so I had to move 432 litres of beer. What else did I have to do during moving that amound of beer?
To most others, numbers were nothing but symbols, and they had to find and press the matching symbol on a calculator, which in returns does some things to ejaculate an answer for you to use however you like. Which later resulted in people even typing 2+3 in a calculator... I wish that was exaggerated...
The difference mainly became visible when we had to do a test without calculator. The questions were basic, 4 times 68, square root of 144, 25 squared, you name it. All things that should be peanuts for people headed towards scientific studies. I understood what numbers meant and I understood certain patterns, and in the end my score was 100% as all of it was incredibly basic. Second best score of my class, was below 40%. The third best score dropped under 20% already. I remember how the teacher was just baffled at the average score of the school (around 15%) and the test was never done again.

And that is just mental calculation... I have seen people who had no clue how to use a dictionary.

23 August, 2016 - 10:25
Joined: 3 years 10 months ago

I once had to teach a customer over the phone how to read a ruler. :)

18 September, 2016 - 17:49
Joined: 2 years 1 week ago

People sometimes ask me: "why bother memorizing anything when you can just look it up in Google?" I'll add that to my list of reasons.

I also dislike predictive user interfaces for a similar reason -- like how Google Maps tries to predict what option you're going to pick: walking or driving. Google gets it wrong half the time, and I don't want a computer to decide things for me anyway. :)

6 October, 2016 - 11:03
Joined: 4 years 5 months ago

No matter how many implants we will eventually be plugging into our heads, the health of our brains will be directly related to how we use them.

My prediction: those who can remember and think will rule the world. Those reliant on "search" ...

... will see a lot of advertising. :)

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