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Is Google Making People Dumb? Fred Khumalo Has All the Facts

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyFred Khumalo is a bit upset.

In his column for The Sowetan, the author of Zulu Boy Gone Crazy: Hilarious Tales Post Polokwane fondly remembers a pre-technology era when he was the human version of Google. His friends used to come to him for advice, knowledge, interesting bits of information, spelling obscure of words in the English language or even creative love letters.

Then the age of Google dawned, and Khumalo rapidly felt himself losing his whizz kid street cred to a search engine: “I’m an intellectual eunuch now, thanks to Google.”

Then Khumalo stumbled upon (how? pray tell) a study on “digital amnesia”, which made him feel a bit better about his intellectual prowess.

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But hey, a new study has just been released that gives me bucketloads of Schadenfreude.

I can already feel my gonads growing back on me. This study has identified something called “digital amnesia”. This simply means Google has made people dumber. Viva to that!

The study, conducted among 6000 people in six Western countries, was about what they do when they need to remember a fact.

Among the Americans, half said they would try to look up an answer online before trying to remember it. And – wait for it! – 29% said they would probably forget it again right afterwards. Something that you acquire easily can abandon you just as easily.

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