In a paper recently published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Yale researchers conducted a series of experiments to test how much internet connectivity affects a person’s sense of their own intelligence. In one test, the internet group were given a website link which gave the answer to a question while a control group were given a print-out of the same information. When the two groups were quizzed later on an unrelated question, the Internet-searching group believed they were more knowledgeable even though they were not allowed to look up the correct answer. According to the researchers, it is a new take on the Dunning-Kruger effect, in which individuals believe they possess abilities or intelligence far greater than what they, in fact, do. The illusion of knowledge from Internet use appears to be driven by the act of searching.
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker.
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