How you feel about this will impact your view of education. What do you want your brain to be able to do? What do you expect of your students with regard to learning? What do consider to be reasonable expectations from instructors?
reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource
available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving,
recall and learning. In a new article published in the journal Memory,
researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University
of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have found that ‘cognitive offloading’, or
the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire,
increases after each use. We might think that memory is something that
happens in the head but increasingly it is becoming something that
happens with the help of agents outside the head.
“Using the Internet to
access information inflates future use of the Internet to access other
information” by Benjamin C. Storm, Sean M. Stone and Aaron S. Benjamin
in Memory. Published online July 18 2016 doi:10.1080/09658211.2016.1210171