A recent study at the University of Waterloo in Canada revealed that people are less likely to rely on their knowledge when they access the Internet.
The study found that participants who had access to the Web were about 5 percent more likely to say that they did not know the answer to the question, while suggesting that humans’ connection to the Web affects how they think.
In certain contexts, the people with access to the Internet reported feeling as though they knew less compared to the people without access. The research team asked around 100 participants a series of general knowledge questions, such as naming the capital of France. Participants indicated if they knew the answer or not. For half of the study, participants had access to the Internet. They had to look up the answer when they responded that they did not know the answer. In the other half of the study, participants did not have access to the Internet.
“With the ubiquity of the Internet, we are almost constantly connected to large amounts of information. And when that data is within reach, people seem less likely to rely on their own knowledge,” said Professor Even F. Risko of the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. “Our results suggest that access to the Internet affects the decisions we make about what we know and don’t know.”
Source: Daily Sabah