Psychological experiments have shown that when people are asked difficult questions, people start thinking about computers. When the respondents knew that the answers could be found on the computer, they showed difficulty answering the question. But they remembered where the information sources were stored well.
Researchers believe that the Internet acts as a “transactive memory” on which we rely on information to remember. The first part of this study aims to test whether the subjects immediately think of computers and the Internet when faced with difficult questions. To do that, the team used a test known as a modified form of the Stroop test.
The mainstream Stroop test examines how much time a person needs to read a color word written in different ink color. The response time increases, when instead of being asked for color words, participants are asked for keywords on topics they might be thinking of.
In this way, the team realized that the response time to Internet-related terms was significantly longer. That suggests that when respondents didn’t know the answer, they considered taking that information through a computer.
There is a more convincing experiment that provides a range of information for interview participants. Half of the interviewees were asked to store information in computer files. The other half is informed that the information will be deleted later.
When asked about remembering this information, group two memorized much better than group one. But those in the first team recalled very well what file the information in question was stored.
She explained the tendency of the interviewees to remember where to store information instead of remembering the correct information. Which is a sign that not people have impaired their ability to remember. It is simply that they organize the vast amount of information available in a more accessible way.