The internet is changing our brains.

In Brain Science, Brain Technology, Memory and Learning by Brainy Days Ahead

A new study published in the journal Memory looks into the process of “cognitive offloading,” or relying on Google, GPS, and other external devices rather than our brains. “Study participants who were allowed to Google answers initially were more likely to rely on the search engine to answer subsequent questions, even if they were easier. In contrast, those who relied on their memory were more likely to think about second phase questions before reaching for their smartphone.” When the brain’s memories are recalled, the brain pays attention and keeps those memories accessible. Will we eventually stop storing memories of what we can easily find on Google?