The Internet is the greatest thing since sliced bread, right? Whatever we don’t know, we can learn in just a quick tap-tap-tap on the keyboard into Google. Easy as pie. Super handy for those late-night procrastination sessions where you realize at 2 AM, “@&!?@!!!! I have no idea what this question is asking!” No problem! There’s an easy solution: Wikipedia! The question is, however, how much of the things you Google do you actually learn? What does your brain do with all the fun facts you learn online?
The unfortunate answer? Pretty much nothing. The Internet, despite being a gold mine of information, is a huge distraction. You may think you’re studying for your next exam, but between your Tumblr dash, Facebook notifications, and Twitter conversations (don’t forget email alerts!) you probably aren’t retaining much information. Isn’t that sad?
This video from Epipheo details how exactly the Internet affects our brains, attention spans, and our capacity to learn and remember things. The animation is super cute, but the message is pretty depressing, yet fascinating.
We may think that because we’re tech-savvy, we know everything. We may “know” more than a lot of people, but our knowledge is, as the video puts it, “superficial” – yikes! But, we don’t think you should give up memes and YouTube videos any time soon. Rather, you should try things like disconnecting from social media while you’re in class/studying/etc, and make sure you take time out of your day to enjoy some tech-free me time. Oh, and multitasking? Stop it. You’re only hurting yourself.
Check out the video below and tell us your thoughts!
Bonus points if you Googled violent behaviors of panda bears… just saying.