The Internet doesn’t make you smarter

Is the information age unleashing the Panopticon or unlocking the Doors of Perception?
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Gutenberg
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The Internet doesn’t make you smarter

Post by Gutenberg » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:38 am

The Internet doesn’t make you smarter; you only think it does
After using search engines, people overestimate their ability to explain ideas.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/04/ ... k-it-does/

Original study:
Searching for Explanations: How the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge.
http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLan ... xge0000070

From the abstract:
"Searching the Internet for explanatory knowledge creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information. Evidence from 9 experiments shows that searching for information online leads to an increase in self-assessed knowledge as people mistakenly think they have more knowledge “in the head,” even seeing their own brains as more active as depicted by functional MRI (fMRI) images."

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