Nowadays it’s very simple to know anything as we have almost every other information at a click of a button and slowly we are getting very dependent of Google and any search engine for that matter for almost everything as we do not even think or try to recollect. And our this dependency can lead us to a lot of issues like dementia. As per the latest study by a UK researcher, frequent use of Google for information rather than relying on brains may increase the risk of dementia. Gunn-Moore has described the practice as an experiment we are conducting on ourselves.
“It’s important to promote good brain health and to do that is to use it, but these days we seem to outsource our brain to the internet”. If we want to know something, we look it up online rather than trying to recall the information from our memory,” Frank Gunn-Moore, from the University of St Andrews in the UK told The Sunday Post. “It’s an experiment the human race is running and we will have to wait and see if this outsourcing affects dementia prevalence,” he added.
Despite his concerns, he also adds the how there is a hope as well. “When I think back 10 years, the strides we have made are amazing. The prevalence of dementia has started to drop but because more of us are living longer, the number continues to go up. There is good evidence that if we live a healthy lifestyle we could get rid of a third of the cases, but we’ve known that about the heart too and we still see a rise in obesity, so it’s a social thing. Simply put, anything that’s a risk factor for the heart is also a risk factor for the brain, he told Dailymail. A few days back professor was speaking ahead of the annual Alzheimer Scotland Christmas event in Edinburgh.
Professor Gunn-Moore is the not the first one to pinpoint the same. Earlier, in the year 2016, researchers from universities of California and Illinois found that our too much dependence on Google or internet is changing the way we think and remember things. Benjamin Storm one of the researchers said to IB Times: “Whereas, before we might have tried to recall something on our own, now we don’t bother. As more information becomes available via smartphones and other devices, we become progressively more reliant on it in our daily lives.” What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments below.