Is the internet making us stupid? That’s the question researchers from Wellington’s Victoria University asked in a study on people’s reading behaviour.
And the answer is: yes.
We might have more access to information than ever before, but reading things online actually has a negative impact on people’s cognition.
Associate professor Val Hooper and master’s student Channa Herath’s analysis of online and offline reading behaviour found that online reading generally does not have a positive impact on people’s cognition.
Concentration, comprehension, absorption and recall rates when engaging with online material were all much lower than traditional text.