1 Reply Latest reply on May 13, 2012 7:14 PM by lwenske

    Processing Information in the Internet Age


      I recently read an article in Time magazine.  In the article, the writer, cited and explained a study by Betsy Sparrow, which found that, in this new age of the Internet:


      1)  When we don't know the answer to a question:  we, now, think about where we can find the nearest Web connection, instead of the subject of the question.  (that when asked a question about flags, for instance, study participants, though about computers, not flags)

      2)  When we expect to be able to find information again later, we don't remember it as well as when we think it might become unavailable subsequently.  (Participants remembered more when, while typing facts into a computer, they were told that their work would not be saved.)

      3)  The expectation that we'll be able to locate information later, leads us to remember where we'll be able find information later (like where we found it the first time), rather than remembering the information on it's own.


      What do you think--is this good, bad, both??  What types of implications does this have for our teaching, our own learning and life in general?

      Interesting...I think.