Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tech changes the way we think, have sex, and separate.

Recently, a study published in Science noted that frequent use of search technology (Google) changes the way we think:
...when faced with difficult questions, people are primed to think about computers and that when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and enhanced recall instead for where to access it.
Now, there's a study showing that the use of the Pill changes the way women chose their partners:
Women who used OC [oral contraceptives] scored lower on measures of sexual satisfaction and partner attraction, experienced increasing sexual dissatisfaction during the relationship, and were more likely to be the one to initiate an eventual separation if it occurred. However, the same women were more satisfied with their partner’s paternal provision, and thus had longer relationships and were less likely to separate. (h/t NS).

It appears there's a trade-off between attractiveness and paternal reliability. The Pill skews the trade-off toward the reliability.

tags: trade-off, biology, technology, information, detection, mind

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