We’re Not As Smart As Google Makes Us Think We Are

It seems using Google to answer all our questions is making us think we’re smarter than we actually are.

University of Texas researchers say though humans have long relied on external knowledge sources, online search has made the break between internal thought and external information faster and more seamless, making it harder for us to tell what came from our own brains. In addition, the process of searching Google is a lot like searching our own memories, which can cause people to confuse information found online with information in their own heads.

The experts say this all suggests that we should be careful, as this could make us believe we are smarter than we really are, which could lead us to rely on our own knowledge in risky situations and could even make us more entrenched in our views of science and politics. Lead researcher Adrian Ward adds that when we immediately jump to Google we “don’t do the remembering. We’re not exercising those muscles.” 
(EurekAlert!)