You're more likely to remember a Facebook post than a face

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Our minds are more tuned in to Facebook profiles and social media gossip than books and faces (surprise surprise)…

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We are more likely to remember a Facebook post than what someone looks like according to a new study.

The new research tested people's ability to remember Facebook posts versus quotes from books and faces, finding that it was two and a half times easier to remember someone's status update.

Lead author Dr Laura Mickes of the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick explained, "These kinds of gaps in [memory] performance are on a scale similar to the differences between amnesiacs and people with healthy memory."

It seems our minds find it easier to remember status updates as they tend to be about gossip and are written colloquially.

Other than proving why we are rubbish at the pub quiz, the findings could have an impact on how we learn information in the future.

"Of course we're not suggesting textbooks written entirely in tweets, but textbook writers or lecturers using PowerPoint could certainly benefit from using more natural speech to get information across,' Dr Mickes added.

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