WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- A recent study released by Columbia University psychologist shows Google is taking away incentive for people to remember important facts, like current events and dates. 9News tested the findings of the research on Washington streets and found the results were spot on.
We asked three trivia questions to examine how people would come up with the answers. The questions were:
1. When was President Obama inaugurated?
2. What movie won Best Picture in 2011?
3. When was the declaration of Independence Signed?
In almost every case people who participated reached for their smartphone to google the answer to at least one of the three questions.
Dupont Therapy psychologist Dr. Tyger Latham said , "the brain is very plastic, and adaptive I wouldn't say we are dumber because of the internet...one may say we use the internet in ingenious ways."