Your miserable memory is a social media product

May 15, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: Susanne Nilsson/flickr)
(Source: Susanne Nilsson/flickr)

A new paper published in the Journal of “Experimental Social Psychology” found that the people, who shared their experiences of an event on social media platforms, performed 10 percent worse in recalling those episodes.

Researchers at Princeton Universities attribute this memory deficit to the growing rate at which we are “externalizing” our experiential memories, notes Metro.

Prior to the internet, our memories were stored internally in our brains as it required effort to retrieve external information, say from books. But the “Google effect,” as researchers call it, keeps every bit of data readily accessible, prompting us to neglect info, which eventually hurts our memory, reports Time.