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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 04:30 PM

2. I think this ease of research has a drawback: memory and comprehension

It seems and for whatever reason, when you did have to go to the library, that effort "imprinted" on your memory more permanently. Whatever you learned stayed with you for a longer time. Maybe it's because of the process of reading, and then summarizing by writing it all down? Even today it seems like I hold onto stuff longer if I write it down, pencil and paper.

I'm in my mid-sixties and beside any memory deficits due to age, I'm convinced that I don't retain things as long if I pick them up online. I can't be the only one who has dug into something, then six months later did the same thing, sometimes not even remembering I'd previously looked it up.

The paradox for me is did I remember something better using older methods or because of a younger, more pliable mind? Is why I forget things today because of dwindling mental capacity or the ease of researching it? You don't have to commit to memory if it's so easy to look up, right? What would the educational psychologists out there in DU land say about that?

Today, I'd have a hard time giving up online searches. But then again, a reasonably well-stocked home reference library is quite the value too. There's just nothing like having the smell and feel of a book in your hands.

My two cents or sense or cense or scents

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