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Research undertaken by Fisher et. al. suggests that searching the Internet for explanatory knowledge creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information.

Source: Fisher, M., Goddu, M.K. & Keil, F.C., 2015. Searching for explanations: How the Internet inflates estimates of internal knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(3), pp.674–687