Google's Effects on Memory
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You might hear a lot of people – from the older generation or those who suffer from technophobia – lament the “effects of the internet on young people’s memory”. But it is not much different from the way people have encoded memory in the past. The web’s effects are best understood in terms of transactive memory. This refers to information we don’t intentionally remember because we have means – knowing the correct people or places – to access this information. Think about not bothering about learning cricket rules because your sister knows the game well. She is your means. Just like the internet is these days.