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Internesia, a portmanteau of the words “Internet” and “amnesia,” is a term for a condition where someone does not remember where they found a certain piece of information on the Internet. It is a kind of slang term for describing Internet use casually. Internesia can go along with the term “infonesia,” which also refers to not remembering where one found a piece of information, in this case, whether it was online, in a newspaper, on television or through some other media.
The most popular use of “internesia” is to talk about simple cases where people ingest too much information to be able to figure out where each piece came from. Someone might cite an important statistic or talk about an interesting or surprising fact, and then not be able to back it up in conversation by saying exactly where they found it.
Internesia also leads to a greater discussion of Web interfaces. For example, people might talk about bookmarking and whether it helps with internesia. The common idea is that selective bookmarking can help with internesia, but the overuse of bookmarks can just make users confused again, because the bookmark design is not sufficiently complex to help tabulate references. Looking carefully at the idea of internesia opens up the possibility that designers can create specialized applications for holding the pieces of information that amaze or captivate people the most, so that people can more easily remember where this information was found.