Your super-efficient digital assistant
There’s a reason so many people joke that their smartphones are their “brain”—because it kind of is becoming your brain. Google, Alexa, Siri, and other digital assistants have taken the burden of remembering details off your mind, meaning that your brain misses out on making those connections. Case in point: What’s your mom’s phone number? Heck, millions of people don’t even know their own phone number. By acting as a personal memory bank, these services are making you smarter at knowing how to get information but dumber when it comes to remembering the actual information itself, according to a study published in Science. Learn more about how technology is making you dumber.