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The Mandela Effect: How The Internet Affects Our Memories


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Did you know that 30% of people could be convinced of experiencing a false autobiographical event? While many people may think they have very strong memories, recent studies have actually proven that 76% of adults fail to recall information accurately! There are even instances in which many people recall the same information incorrectly which is known as the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela Effect is an umbrella term that is used to describe different memory phenomena, but is most commonly used to describe when a large group of people all share the same incorrect memory. While instances of this have been recorded for years, some scientists believe that the advent of the internet has increased the frequency of the Mandela Effect. 

The internet has led to information being more widely available to all people. As many people know, not all the information online is true, but with so many people pitching in their opinions and resharing fake information, it can be hard to find the truth. With our natural desire to fit in, people may conform and start to believe untrue information which is what can lead to more instances of the Mandela Effect overall.

To protect your memories and to ensure all information you are finding is true it is important to fact check anything you find online. Learn more strategies on how to protect yourself from the Mandela Effect in the infographic below:

Mandela Effect
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