In an experiment with trivia statements, participants were tested on their memory with statements they were told would be saved in search results and statements that would not be saved. The test subjects remembered the trivia they were told they couldn't look up later. If they thought the information would be accessible later, their brains basically just said, "Screw this; I need space for my drum set," and decided not to save the info.
A study on brain activity at UCLA in 2007 also showed that brain activity in Internet experts was markedly different than the brain activity in novices at Internetting. The experts had increased activity in the prefrontal cortex than the new kids on the block. Six days later, with the newbies having been asked to spend the interim using the Internet, they were all subjected to another brain scan that revealed the novices had all developed the same brain activity as the experts, in just six days of Internet use, one hour per day. The experiment was repeated again later, with completely new subjects, and the same result was achieved.
This is your brain ...
This is your brain on YouPorn. Any questions?
If you're feeling a little nostalgic now for the time before Internet, that's cool. Do you miss the show Small Wonder, for some terrible reason? You can just watch it online now. Or Transformers. Or Perfect Strangers. And then you can realize, holy shit, those shows actually sucked and you only remember them fondly because you were watching them at a time you thought Pixy Stix should be their own food group and you may have invented masturbation. But now you know better, and it's kind of sad.
And if remembering things at all isn't your bag, why not Jurassic Park that shit and bring it back from the dead with Kickstarter? It worked for Reading Rainbow, a show that ran for almost a quarter of a century based solely on the strength of the idea that reading could actually be interesting.
"I like to pretend my entire career was Geordi trapped in the holodeck one crazy afternoon."
It was canceled in 2009 when it was determined teaching kids to like reading was less important than actually teaching kids to read. Douche move, PBS. But LeVar Burton resurrected the show in a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that reached its $1 million fundraising goal in just 11 hours. It doubled that the next day and ended the campaign with over $6 million, including a $1 million donation from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. That's how powerful nostalgia can be.
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"If not for reading, I never would've been inspired to write that scene where
Peter whips the shit out of his kids."
Shenmue 3 set a world record for being the fastest video game in history to raise $1 million via crowdfunding, pulling it off in just 102 minutes and beating the game Torment: Tides Of Numenera, which did the same in six hours and five minutes in 2013. No word yet on that Battletoads sequel we've all been hoping for, but there's still time. You hear that, Battletoads haters? There's still time!
That fucking wind tunnel will be a breeze once the game does it for you.
At this rate, there will be a time when nothing actually has to go away if people with cash in the bank don't want it to go away. Two And A Half Men could be immortal. You think about that.
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