Viewport width =
July 20, 2014 | by  | in News |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Google Is Frying Our Brains

If you’re reading this online, you’re probably on Facebook at the same time and, chances are, you won’t remember it tomorrow.

Victoria Associate Professor Dr Val Hooper and Master’s student Channa Herath looked at online and offline reading for their study ‘Is Google Making Us Stupid? The Impact of the Internet on Reading Behaviour’.

According to the study, online reading was discovered to have a negative overall impact on an individual’s cognition and reading behaviour.

The study found that an individual’s concentration, comprehension, absorption and recall rates were much lower when reading online material as opposed to reading traditional material.

Dr Hooper discovered that “multitasking when reading online was common” with the constant interruptions and distractions provided by emails, video clips and hyperlinks.

Furthermore, the study revealed that people preferred to print out important material, as they were “more likely to remember material they had read offline.”

Despite this, however, online reading was discovered to have a positive impact on reading behaviour, with individuals acquiring the skills necessary to read faster and more selectively – and as a result, getting through a larger quantity of material.

Overall, the study highlighted the “need to learn how to read and write digitally, as well as how to effectively interpret and retain the information we read.”

According to Dr Hooper, this process could “take at least a generation for significant change to happen.”

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Pizza Base Recipe
  2. VUWSA to Sell Van
  3. Hunter Lounge Raking in Business as Reality Sets In
  4. Rule and Exception
  5. The Party Line
  6. Volume 81 Issue 03: Stale-ient
  7. Are We Live
  8. 15 Things I’d Rather Do Than “Discuss With the Person Next to Me” in a Lecture
  9. Superorganism Self-Titled
  10. Trump’s America

Editor's Pick

In Which a Boy Leaves

: - SPONSORED - I’ve always been a fairly lucky kid. I essentially lucked out at birth, being born white, male, heterosexual, to a well off family. My life was never going to be particularly hard. And so my tale begins, with another stroke of sheer luck. After my girlfriend sugge