Think you’re smarter after using Google? Think again

Credit: Michael S. Helfenbein. Photo via Shutterstock
Credit: Michael S. Helfenbein. Photo via Shutterstock

Bad news, folks. If you use online search engines, chances are you probably think you’re smarter than you really are, according to new research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Yale psychologists recently conducted several experiments with over 1,000 participants and found that if subjects received information through search engines, they tended to rate their knowledge base as much greater than those who obtained the information through other methods.

“The Internet is such a powerful environment, where you can enter any question, and you basically have access to the world’s knowledge at your fingertips,” said lead researcher Matthew Fisher, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in psychology at Yale University. “It becomes easier to confuse your own knowledge with this external source. When people are truly on their own, they may be wildly inaccurate about how much they know and how dependent they are on the Internet.”

To learn more, please see the links below.

This post – based on material provided by Yale University and written by myself – can also be found at steamregister.com, to which I am a contributor.

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4 thoughts on “Think you’re smarter after using Google? Think again

  1. It amused me every time I hear people say that they would do “research” on Google. While, Google can be very convenient and helpful for finding out something, nothing can really beat the “old fashioned” way of doing serious research.

    Also, the motto of those Googlers is:

    “I do not think, therefore, I Google”

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    1. Google is good for research, that’s for sure. But ONLY for pointing us to a reputable source of knowledge. To me they’re only a card catalog of what’s available in the “Library of the Net.”

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      1. In my line of work I’m on it all day long, but 98% of the time only to find source links and college.university departments and such. And sometimes for recipes or funny images.

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