Social Media Study: The Internet is ruining our memory A Columbia University researcher says the Web is making us forgetful. Considering all the time you spend online, you’re probably—wait, what were we talking about? By Kevin Allen@kevin_j_allenJuly 15, 2011 SHARE Ragan Insider Premium Content A research team led by Columbia University’s Betsey Sparrow released a report detailing Google’s effect on the memory. And it doesn’t look good. According to the abstract: To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.